Cong star campaigners grounded in absence of choppers!
The leader of opposition (LoP) in Uttarakhand assembly and senior Congress leader Indira Hridayesh has claimed that the Congress leaders faced problems hire helicopters for election campaign as the BJP had booked almost all Choppers available. Addressing media persons at congress headquarters here on Tuesday, she said that all the double engine helicopters available were booked much in advance by the BJP which acted as impediment for the Congress star campaigners to the campaign in the state. Hridayesh was responding to a question about reason behind the absence of star campaigners in the state. She said that the BJP used its enormous money power to book the entire fleet of double engine helicopters available in the state. It is pertinent to mention here that the top leaders who are under Z security and higher cover are not allowed to use single engine helicopters. Similarly the All India Congress Committee (AICC) has also issued an advisory to its leaders to use only double engine helicopters in the campaign.
Launching a scathing attack on the BJP, Hridayesh said that the party has released a manifesto for the election of the 2019 but the fact is that not even a single promise it made in the elections of 2014 was fulfilled by it. She claimed that 65 percent of the voters in the state are with the Congress party and the people are waiting to enforce a change in centre. The LoP said that it is surprising that the BJP is seeking votes only in the name of Modi. “ In Nainital where the state president of the BJP Ajay Bhatt is contesting, the BJP and its candidate are asking votes in the name of Modi,’’ she said. The senior Congress leader blamed the BJP for not contesting the election on issues and trying the influence voters on the nationalism. “They ( BJP) are talking about the surgical strikes and taking claim. I want to remind them that it was Indira Gandhi under whom India achieved a major victory against Pakistan in the year 1971 when 91000 Pak troops surrendered and a separate country was carved out of Pakistan. Indira ji and Congress party never took credit of this greatest ever victory,’’ she said.
Wednesday, 10 April 2019 | PNS | Dehradun
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