BJP Prepares To Launch Election Campaign

Shimla: To mark a year in office, launch the party’s campaign for the parliament elections and make a bid to place LK Advani as the country’s next prime minister, BJP is all geared to hold ‘Vijay Sanklap Divas’, on the Ridge ground, next week.

Spelling out the plans for the 30th December rally, Khushi Ram Balnahata, state party general secretary said, “other than LK Advani, Satyapal Jain, Shanta Kumar and OP Dhankar would be part of the gathering that would launch the party’s poll campaign in the state.

Counting the governments achievements in office over the year he dismissed opposition charges of discrimination saying, congress was making false accusations.

“BJP was prepared to face the Lok Sabha elections and congress need not bother about choice of its candidates,” he retorted to congressmen remarks that BJP ministers were not willing to contest the upcoming polls.

“With Virbhadra Singh, the senior congress leader who still is the best bet for the party in the elections, reluctant to contest from Mandi seat only shows that the opposition fears a rout,” said Balnahata.

He went on to add that the former chief minister was being marginalized within his own party and was only petty politicking by making false accusations against the ruling party.

He said the government efforts to make the state a education hub had found success in being able to attract institutions like a central university, an IIT and a medical university.

“Trashing the policy of upfront bidding for allocating hydro power plants had translated into better long term returns by having in place a policy of inviting bids for providing higher free power to the state over a 40 year period,” said Balnahata.

The BJP general secretary said bringing all parties on board and approving the Chandigarh-Mohali Airport-Baddi expressway was an achievement which the previous congress government had failed upon.

He said the government had managed to get two additional national highways approved, which would add additional 200 kilometers of quality road infrastructure in the state’s network.

He said the Rs 80 crore Atal Bijli Bachat Yojna was being well accepted by people particularly in rural areas. “It would not only help to save on bills but the resultant power saved would be made available to industry for achieving better productivity,” he said. The scheme would enable it to qualify for earning carbons credits also, he added.

Balnahata held congress responsible for failing to ensure 70 percent employment in industries for Himachali youth implemented, adding that the Dhumal government was striving hard to get the policy clause implemented

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