Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee today met to deliberate the choice of a candidate as well as its election strategy for the Hamirpur parliamentary by-election that is scheduled to be held on 22nd May.
Party spokesman Kuldeep Rathore said that congressmen at the meeting flayed the anti people policies of the BJP government.
The issue of price rise because of a flawed public distribution system (PDS) that the government has been unable to rein in was blamed as one of the reasons that has contributed towards the rise in prices of essential commodities across the state, said Rathore. The hundred days of BJP government has been an utter failure in which an unjustified steep 25 % hike in bus fares has been thrust upon the common man, he added.
To gear up the party for the May 22 by-election the party has also decided to hold district meets between 23 to 26th at Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Una and Dehra. Faced with having to contain BJP in the parliamentary segment, the state congress is drawing up plans to put up a strong candidate for the ensuing election.
Besides state congress president Viplove Thakur, former ministers Ram Lal Thakur and Kuldip Kumar, legislators Mukesh Agnihotri, Nikhil Rajour, former legislators OP Rattan, Ram Nath Sharma, Anita Verma, party spokesman Kuldeep Rathore and others were present at the meeting.