Shimla: The congress in Himachal has said that the ruling party by slapping a defamation notice on state congress president Viplove Thakur was attempting to throttle the voice of the opposition by resorting to such tactics.
Party spokesman Kuldeep Rathore said that the congress was not deterred by such browbeating and would continue to discharge it duty as a responsible opposition. â€œThe state congress president has not even received any legal notice yet and it has already made a media splash,â€ he said. The party would respond to the notice, when it is received, he added.
Thakur is said to have been put on notice about having made certain allegations about violations in implementing some central government schemes in the state.
The congress party is setting up a state committee that would record all violations taking place in National Rural Employment Gurantee Scheme, Bharat Nirman and other central government schemes, said Rathore.
Showing concern about the deteriorating law and order situation, he demanded a high level inquiry into the firing incident at Shoghi.
About rising prices of essential commodities, the congress spokesman said that BJP was not attempting to contain prices because it wanted to draw electoral dividends by laying the blame of the UPA government for it. â€œThe state government has not even reduced VAT on petro products and is again trying to befool people about it,â€ he said
Terming BJP first six months in office as â€˜disappointingâ€™ he said that after coming to power the party had gone back on its commitments and first hiked transport fares and then power tariffs. The public distribution system that was effectively used by the congress government to contain the price line had become ineffective, said Rathore.