Government Machinery Being Misused For Himachal By-Election: Congress

Dharamshala: Congress fighting with its back to the wall in the by-election for the seat here has alleged that the Jai Ram Thakur led BJP Government was misusing government machinery for the election campaign

“Led by the chief minister, BJP is misusing government machinery for the Dharamshala by poll,” said Kuldeep Thakur, state Congress president. We have lodged complaints with the Election Commission that all expenses incurred by misuse of government machinery be added to the poll expenses of the BJP candidate, he added.

He also pointed out that in violation of election code, BJP flags were being hoisted at all government buildings.

Kuldeep Thakur with senior congress leaders Viplov Thakur, Kuldeep Pathania, Ajay Mahajan, MLA Pawan Kajal and others interacting with the media

Speaking about the prevailing condition in the country, Rathore said that BJP leaders had gone silent about serious issues confronting the country, which was not good toady

The coming days are expected to be even worse because in the name of privatization, the BJP government in the country and the state was bent upon selling government undertakings and properties.

About Dharamshala, the state congress president said that works of the Municipal Corporation and Smart City had come to a standstill.

He further criticised the BJP government of Himachal and said that the people of Dharamshala have now understood that BJP governments are always ignoring Dharamshala.

Dharamshala and Pachhad seat in Sirmaur fell vacant after the Lok Sabha elections in May, as the two BJP legislators from the assembly segments were declared elected for the the parliament.

For the ensuing by-poll Congress has fielded Vijay Inder Kumar from Dharamshala and former speaker Gangu Ram Musafir from Pachhad, whereas BJP has fielded greenhorns Vishal Nehria from Dharamshala and Rena Kashyap from Pachhad.

Voting for the two seats is to be held on 21st October and the result will be declared on 24th October.

Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI. In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.

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