Ahead of the parliamentary and assembly byelections at the end of this month, Congress stepped up its offensive against the BJP state government led by Jai Ram Thakur over rising inflation and unemployment.
Members of Congress, led by its leader Himachal, held a march in Dharamshala on Friday to protest the jobs given to non-Himachalis in government departments in recent days. The protest march started from the war memorial and culminated in a public meeting at the DC office.
Rathore said a series of demonstrations are being organized at the district level against “injustice” towards the youth of Himachal.
“I personally came here to participate in the protest because Kangra is an important area,” said Rathore.
Taking on the state government, Rathore said there was an unprecedented rise in inflation under the current BJP regime while the public also suffered due to the poor law and order situation.
“Even the leaders of the opposition are under attack,” he said.
“Jobs for foreigners, an injustice to the youth of Himachal”
Rathore said the employment scenario had deteriorated in Himachal since the Covid outbreak.
“Instead of helping the youth of Himachal, the state government offers jobs to non-Himachalis in the public sector, which is evident from the recruitments made in departments like the council of electricity and PWD, ”he argued.
Rathore also claimed that most of the non-Himachalis who got jobs here were from states ruled by BJP governments.
Requires white paper on loans, expenses
Hitting the state government repeatedly for raising loans, Rathore said the Himachal’s debt burden had risen to more than ??60,000 crores.
“Despite the government borrowing huge sums, development is nowhere to be found. The money collected in the form of loans is spent for the luxury of the ministers, ”he alleged.
“We are asking the state government to publish a white paper on the loans raised and where the money has been spent,” he added.
Confident of winning indirect votes
Rathore also expressed confidence that Congress will win the by-elections in the parliamentary constituency of Mandi and the assembly segments of Arki, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Fatehpur.
He said the BJP had lost ground in the state due to its “anti-people, anti-farmer, anti-youth, anti-horticultural and anti-employee policies.”
“We will not only win the by-elections, but Congress will also return to power with an overwhelming majority in the legislative elections of 2022,” he said.
District congressman Ajay Mahajan and former state congressman Viplove Thakur also addressed the protesters.