Himachal Election: Congress Ups The Ante; Big Guns Arrive In State

Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala slammed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the issue of inflation, unemployment and others.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 08 November, 2022 8:15 pm IST
Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala (centre)

With just three days left for the assembly elections, Congress appeared to have upped the ante as a host of top leaders arrived in the state for the final phase of campaigning.

While Chhattisgarh Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel is already in the state, party president Mallikarjun Kharge and Rajasthan Chief minister Ashok Gehlot too arrived in the state as Congress is hoping that the tradition of Himachal not repeating government continues.

On Tuesday, Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala slammed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over the issue of inflation, unemployment and others.

Taking on the saffron party, Surjewala also attacked Himachal Chief minister Jai Ram Thakur while calling him a CM of a failed government.

“He is the failed chief minister of a failed government and he (Thakur) kept the youths of the state in the dark. He is a remote-controlled chief minister and he didn’t work in the last five years,” Surjewala said.

Hitting out at the BJP government at centre and state, Surjewala said, “The BJP has been unable to control inflation, they could not provide jobs to youths and even they implemented goods and services tax (GST) on the packaging materials for Apple.”

“BJP losing the assembly polls in Himachal Pradesh will be a victory for the people of the state,” he added.

Highlighting the rising inflation, Surjewala said, “The inflation in the country is manufactured by the BJP. And with the inflation, the BJP has snatched the income of the people.”

“Due to inflation, even people in Himachal have been affected. Due to the rise in prices of essential commodities, people have to adjust their budget,” he said, adding that since 2014 the prices of essential items like gas cylinders, and essential items have increased from 37 per cent to 180 per cent.

Slamming the BJP government for bringing agriculture products under the ambit of GST, the Congress leader said that they increased the GST on apple packaging cartons by 18 per cent.

“Now the time has come to say goodbye to the BJP government in the state,” he said.

Surjewala also accused the centre and the state government of pushing the youths toward a dark future as he spoke about Himachal’s unemployment rate, which has been the highest in the last 45 years.

“In Himachal, the rate of unemployment is higher than the national rate. In the state, over nine lakh youths are unemployed and the government has failed in providing them jobs,” he said.

Highlighting the corruption cases in the state, Surjewala said that instead of providing jobs, the BJP government was involved in corruption and due to that they could not provide jobs. He pointed out the corruption in the Police paper leak and pointed out that over 63,000 government vacant posts are there in the state.

Surjewala also targeted the BJP saying that the Central government did not set up any new government plant in the state, whereas in the last 75 years the industries built by Congress were being sold. He also said that the people of Himachal Pradesh should teach BJP a lesson for the alleged corruption and cheating.

The polling for the 68 member assembly seat is scheduled on November 12 and the counting of votes will take place on December 8.

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