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BJP misguiding public over Mafia Raj: Virbhadra

| | Shimla | in Chandigarh

Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday came down heavily upon the State BJP leaders for airing rumours about ‘Mafia Raj’ in the state.

The Chief Minister, while addressing a public meeting at Gagret in Unam, said that  it was disgusting on the part of BJP to misguide the people about Mafia Raj in their rallies, but the fact was that the BJP-SAD alliance in Punjab sheltered the drug mafia and paid the price in elections.

He said, BJP leaders borrowed the word mafia from its counterparts from neighbouring state but this propaganda would not help them in coming Assembly elections.

Virbhadra said the Himachal police was always on alert to foil the entry of drug mafia in state. He said that even the BJP should help in curbing the menace if they knew well that who in their party was involved in the illicit trade.

 The Chief Minister said that the BJP was handicapped and had no reason to raise objections on development and resort to cheap tactics which was uncalled for. The ‘Mafia’ terminology was being actually used by those who themselves were associated with it, said  he, adding that the BJP must be knowing better  that from where the drugs business was being run, if any.

He said that anyone found guilty in drug trade won't be spared at all and would be taught a lesson. Defaming the State on issue of drug menace was not right at all. This shows that the BJP never cared for the state and its citizens rather it was trying to defame the state worldwide for their own self interests, said he.

Blaming the state BJP, the Chief Minister said that infact, different types of Mafia was prevalent during the BJP regime and the one which became quite famous  was  the ‘Cricket  Mafia’ which  flourished under their regime. A hotel was constructed on the land shown as barren land in revenue papers where number of trees were axed down to pave the way for the five star hotel in Dharamshala, he added.

He said there were few parties in the country whose main objective now days was to just contest elections but they don't look back at  the people who  made them the leaders. The entire purpose of elections revolve around one’s own selfish motive, sidelining the interest of the Nation and its citizens, said Virbhadra Singh.

The state BJP leaders had lost their way, they believe in regional and caste politics, said the Chief Minister.

Speaking at the public meeting, Himachal Industries Minister, Mukesh Agnihotri blamed the NDA government for withholding the funds for Rs 922 crore  swan river channelization.

The Industries Minister said that the state BJP leaders thought as  boasting  of development and welfare of the people when they will come to power, but since last five years they could not initiate the issue with Central government  for releasing funds for swan river channelization.

He said that the state BJP leaders were issuing statements that they would particularly target Gagret and Haroli in Assembly elections on which the  Minister cautioned them to keep their hands away from the people’s power as they would be clean bowled from the constituencies they were talking about.

 They should realize that the people of the area were aware  that much development had been done by the Congress government, said he.

The Minister said that BJP leaders claim that drug mafia was prevalent in the state, but I would like to tell them that such people were in BJP as evident from the sweep Congress made in neighbouring state adding that they have no other issue to debate upon, as much  development had been witnessed in Una district during the present government regime.

He alleged that the BJP was divided on ticket for Assembly elections from Gagret and Haroli and the time will tell who wins or losses.

He also questioned that now when Jagat Prakash Nadda was the Union Health Minister, why the setting up of AIMMS in Himachal was being delayed. The Minister said that the BJP was doing politics on Central University, thus hindering the development works.

He added that the BJP has no agenda to contest and they were just airing rumours to be in limelight.




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