Modi must come clear on his false promises to people of U’khand: Cong
Ahead of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s proposed visit to Rudrapur in Udham Singh Nagar district on March 28, the state Congress party has reminded him of his past promises to the people of Uttarakhand which have remained unfulfilled. Addressing the media persons here on Wednesday, the state Congress vice- president Surya Kant Dhasmana said that Modi during the run -up to the 2014 general elections had said that the package of Rs 7500 crore offered by then Manmohan Singh government for disaster affected Uttarakhand was very little in terms of the requirement and had promised that if elected to power, the amount would be doubled. “However, over the past five years of BJP rule at the Centre, the state is yet to receive even the sum of Rs 7500 crore as sanctioned by the Congress-helmed government,” he said. Taking a swipe at the PM, the Congress leader further said that his pompous promise of the double engine government helping the state to be developed by leaps and bounds has ended in smoke. “This was what he said while campaigning for his party in the run-up to the 2017 Assembly election. The people took things at their face value and hoped for a massive turnaround in the state. But it now it seems the double- engine has come under a siege. Or it is heading in the reverse direction,” he said.
Elaborating further, Dhasmana said that recent decision of the state government to waive off Rs 847 crore compensation it was eligible to receive from the Centre is an example of the double- engines speeding in the opposite direction. He also cited the crumbling health services in the state in his attack. He said that the women are being forced to deliver babies on the roads and toilets.
The Congress leader further attacked the Centre for sitting on corruption despite making tall claims of zero tolerance on corruption. “We think that the PM owes an answer to the people of the state to the promises he peddled during canvassing. We want to know whether he would make GST, demonetisation and black money as his election planks,” he said.
“In 2014, BJP made price- rise an election issue. During the UPA regime, the prices of petrol were about Rs 75 and diesel Rs 60 a litre while the average international crude oil rate was 100 dollars a barrel. During the BJP government, the average crude oil price remained at Rs 45 dollars a barrel while the petrol price touched Rs 90 while diesel has scaled to Rs 75 a litre,’’ he said.
The Congress spokesperson Garima Dassauni and Kavindra Istwal were also present on the occasion.
Thursday, 21 March 2019 | PNS | Dehradun