Shimla: The BJP government in Himachal has delivered on its poll promises and would win both Rohru and Jawali seats where bye-election are being held, stated Satpal Jain here before the media.
When quizzed that the BJP government was backtracking over its claim about zero tolerance to corruption, especially after it had revoked suspension orders against a senior IAS officer and a drug license officer, who were allegedly trapped in graft cases and had been booked under prevention of corruption act for disproportionate asset, Jain responded, â€œNo criminal case against anyone had been withdrawn.â€
He said, â€œthe government in its wisdom must have decided to revoke the suspension to get work out of such officers, who otherwise also under suspension were entitled to some part of the their salary as per court orders in several such cases. However, there is no compromise with corruption,â€ he reiterated.
â€œThe congress had conceded a penalty corner in Rohru and the only task for BJP was to convert it into a goal,â€ is how Jain, who is BJP incharge for Himachal described the bye-election for the seat that was represented by Virbhadra Singh as chief minister for 19 years.
He said â€œBJP was on strong on both Rohru and Jawali where bye-elections are to be held on November 7 as the state government had delivered on its promises and was working in the best interest of the people.â€
He added, â€œthe congress was more keen on fighting among themselves than with us.â€
Dismissing the rebellion by Madan Lal Sharma, who is the brother of BJP MP Rajan Sushant and who filed his papers for the Jawali in Kangra as an independent candidate today, Jain said, â€œsenior leaders like Shanta Kumar and party president Khimmi Ram are dissuading the old BJP worker from contesting against the official candidate.â€
Terming Rahul Gandhiâ€™s call for ending dynastic politics, Jain said, the young Gandhi being himself a fifth generation beneficiary of dynastic politics was only paying lip service whereas BJP was against such politics from the start.
The BJP central committee on merits picked out Baldev Raj Chaudhary as the party candidate from Jawali and did so after taking the state unit into confidence and in interests of the party, he said. incharge.
National party vice-president Shanta Kumar and state president Khimmi Ram were present with Chaudhary for filing of nomination papers today and chief minister along with several ministers would be present in Rohru, on Wednesday for filing of papers by Khushi Ram Balnahta, the BJP candidate from there, disclosed Jain.
Ministers and party workers from Mandi and Shimla have been given the task of electioneering in Rohru and those from Hamirpur and Kangra would fan out in Jawali, he said.