Shimla: Fighting with his back against the wall within the party, BJP MP from Kangra, Rajhan Sushant lashed out at the state government for not doing enough to fight corruption and at the central government for discriminating against the hills state.
Addressing a seminar under the Himachal Adhikar Manch banner, the rebel parliamentarian said that it was a non political forum to fight for the states rights and rampant corruption.
At the same time he threatened to reveal the names of people behind setting up of many private universities in the state.
Taking his own government to task about plans to close down some PSUâ€™s, he said that he would not permit it and would not hesitate to agitate with employees who would be effected by such action
Mentioning that despite being the second most senior leader in BJP, other than former chief minister Shanta Kumar, in stature, the party and the government was ignoring and humiliating him.
â€œMinisters in chief minister Dhumalâ€™s cabinet to please their bosses are targeting me,â€ he said.
He added that unemployment was on the rise and the government had failed to address the issue as the numbers registered with unemployment exchanges had crossed 9 lakhs.
Mounting state debt liabilities had crossed Rs 29,000 crore, he said adding that the central government had stopped permitting the state to raise more loans, which would not only effect the developmental needs of the people but would make paying even the salary bill of employees an uphill task.
As the central government had been unable to meet its obligations about getting the state its due 7.19% share in the Bhakra Beas projects nor was there any royalty being paid to the host state from the hydropower project, Himachal was being discriminated against, said Sushant.
The lawmaker said that he would continue to raise these issues including Shanan Project, which was within the state but continued to be owned by Punjab and needed to be handed over to the state as part of distribution of assets under the Punjab Re-organisation Act 1966.
Sushant has been at loggerheads with the state government and state party president Khimmi Ram has even asked the party high command to sack him from the party.