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Only deserving persons will get Cong ticket: Virbhdra Singh

| | Shimla | in Chandigarh

With Assembly elections in Himachal Pradesh only three months away, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday said only the deserving candidates would get the tickets.

Addressing a gathering at Sainj in Banjar Assembly segment of district Kullu, Singh, one of the senior most politicians of the party, said there was a massive change in the Congress of post Independence era and now. “Nowadays those who do flattery were being seated and nominated on top posts, forgetting the very concept elections,” he said, in a critique to the party.

He said that the Congress was still a strong party but some changes were the need of the hour and as soon the changes were made the better it was for future of the party. “Earlier, the members or even the party presidents were elected right from block level, to district and to State. Elections were held for president of All India Congress Committees and the working committees. But this trend has been discarded now,” he said, adding that he himself voted for the top posts in AICC when he was the elected State president of HPCC.

The Chief Minister said the tickets wouldn’t be issued to those who appeared all of a sudden with his image on the banner or poster and starts demanding the same. “I know in and out of everyone, and even of those who try to flatter me,” he said, adding that only the deserving would get the tickets.

Addressing another public meeting, Singh said he himself wanted to get retired from active politics but the Congress people were persuading him to lead them and fight in the field.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated complete projects and laid the foundation stone of other developmental projects for the region.

CM inaugurates 100 MW Sainj hydel project

Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh along with MPP and Power Minister Sujan Singh Pathania dedicated 100 MW (50X50 MW) Sainj hydroelectric project of Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (HPPCL) at Sainj in district Kullu on Tuesday.

This is the first project under HPPCL which is evacuating 400 KV power directly on the power grid network and 400 KV Gas Insulated Switchgear. The power generation will be fed into the northern region grid through ‘Loop in Loop out’ arrangement with Parbati-II and III, hydel electric power project. Apart from this, it is one of the projects registered as ‘Green Power Project’ under clean development mechanism. The project would earn revenue of Rs 80 crore to Rs 100 crore per annum.

The Chief Minister expressed pleasure on the steps taken for rehabilitation and relief provided to Project Affected Families (PAFs) by HPPCL. He said that the PAFs would be provided 100 units free electricity per month as per the policy.

CM inaugurates Kisan Bhawan at Dhalli

Himachal Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday inaugurated the newly constructed Kisan Bhawan at Dhalli in Shimla, completed with an outlay of Rs 4.50 crore and there after he laid foundation stone of second phase of Vegetable market at Dhalli. He also laid foundation stone of Subzi Mandi at Ranthou at Kothkhai, online.

The Kisan Bhawan has 26 rooms besides a dormitory having 32 beds and a conference Hall with a capacity to house 400 persons and a parking to accommodate 25 vehicles.

Singh said the Government was committed for the welfare of the farmers and horticulturalists of the State.

Managing Director, HP State Agriculture Marketing Board, Harminder Singh Baweja said that the  second phase of Dhalli Subzi Mandi would be completed with an outlay of Rs 10 crore.

He said the Vegetable market at Ranthou would be completed with an outlay of Rs 2.50 crore.  




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