Himachal BJP Picks Out Election Issues

Shimla: Gearing the party for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the BJP in its political resolution passed during the working committee meet on Sunday decided to take the issues of price rise, cutting the state food ration quota, UPA government soft attitude towards terrorism and rising corruption levels toe the people.

Policies of the central government are solely responsible for rising food prices which has broken the back of the common man and the party intends to educate the people about it, said a BJP spokesman.

The state has been trying to insulate the poor by providing a subsidy of Rs 14 crore per month on essential items but the UPA government has gone about and cut the rice quota that the state got under the public distribution system. The party has sought restoration of the state quota, even as it expects the food subsidy bill to swell up to Rs 141 crore for the current year.

Expressing concern at rising incidences of terrorism, the state BJP demanded a strong law to book culprits found responsible indulging in it. The resolution recorded that the central government was being soft towards terrorism and had repealed POTA which was enacted to curb the menace.

The working committee expressed satisfaction in the working of chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal’s government, recording that rescue and relief operations from the unusually heavy rains were timely interventions, 28,000 new government jobs had been created, two new national highways had been approved and in principal approval for a Jogindernagar-Manali-Leh rail line had been obtained.

The party while condoling the deaths of 146 people in the Naina Devi stampede and the 53 people because of incessant rains have asked the central government to release the Rs 1589 crore relief that has been sought to mitigate the losses because of the natural calamity which the state face, through summer and monsoon seasons.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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