Shimla: Donning an honesty cap does not go with the image of BJP, is how Anand Sharma, Minister of State for External Affairs, countered BJP making corruption the prime election issue in Himachal.
When the Prem Kumar Dhumal government was in power from 1998-2003, even Shanta Kumar had admitted that corruption prevailed in the state, said Sharma. Moreover, minister of the Dhumal government had openly accused their own government of corruption, he added
He said that for a party whose then party president Bhangaru Laxman and senior leader Suresh Chandel were caught on camera accepting illegal cash, it was hard to digest an anti corruption campaign by such an outfit.
The minister said that the UPA government had delivered on development. Highlighting the Bharat Nirman program, he said that Rs 1,73,000 crore fund had been marked for developing the country’s infrastructure, the allocation for health had been enhanced to Rs 18,000 crores and the national rural employment scheme had been extended to the entire country.
The UPA government has committed to setting up a central university, Indian Institute of Technology and constructing of the Bhanupali-Bilaspur railway line, said Sharma.