Himachal Election: Toppling Elected Govt Is BJP’s New Model Of Governance, Says Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday dubbed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s model of governance as toppling elected governments in the country.

NEW DELHI | Updated: 09 November, 2022 2:44 am IST
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot along with Himachal Congress chief and Mandi MP Pratibha Singh

Rajasthan Chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday dubbed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s model of governance as toppling elected governments in the country.

Speaking to the media in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh’s capital Shimla, Gehlot said, “The New model of governance of (PM Narendra) Modi and Amit Shah is working on the model of toppling governments, which includes raiding the opposition leaders and then allegedly buying them.”

“This happened in many states, but it stopped in Rajasthan. This is against democracy,” the Rajasthan CM said.

He also said that the Delhi model of Kejriwal has failed miserably, and the AAP leader is trying to mislead the people of Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh.

“In Gujarat, Kejriwal claimed that his party is being asked by BJP to not contest elections. But he is not answering who said this time to him and who contacted him. Kejriwal should tell the people of the country who said all this to him,” the Congress leader said.

The veteran Congress leader also accused the saffron party of not being in favour of implementing the old pension scheme (OPS). “We implemented the OPS in Rajasthan successfully. And the retired employees have started getting the benefits of the OPS,” he said while addressing the media in the poll-bound Himachal Pradesh’s capital Shimla on Tuesday.

Hitting out at the BJP, said, “BJP is misleading the employees of Himachal Pradesh by saying that the OPS has not been implemented in Rajasthan.”

Gehlot said that the OPS is a big issue in the hill state as it deals with the future and social security of the people of Himachal. He also urged PM Narendra Modi to implement the OPS across the country so that retired employees get support after retirement.

Gehlot further said that he spoke to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur twice over the issue of OPS. “But it seems that he has not taken a single step for the same. BJP does not want to implement the OPS and it is the reason why it does not want any discussion over the issue,” Gehlot said.

“After feeling pressurised by the employees, the state government said it will form a committee but they have not taken any steps for the same,” he added.

While PM Modi is omnipresent in the Himachal Pradesh election, Gehlot quipped, “For how long will the BJP contest on Modi’s face? “They (BJP) should tell the people what work they have done in the last five years. And as they have not done any work, they are trying to divert the attention from the regional issues,” Gehlot said.

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

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