Launching a blistering attack on former Chief Minister P K Dhumal and his family members, Youth Congress president Vikramaditya Singh today accused MP Hamirpur Anurag Thakur of having links with criminals and drug lords of Punjab and termed the Dhumal family as “don of drugs”.
Addressing media persons here today, Singh said the old tactics of the BJP to divide people on region and caste is not working and, therefore, it has unleashed a false propaganda of mafia raj against the state government. Dhumal is making unsubstantiated allegations against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to save his political leadership.
Quoting crime data, he said that 1,229 cases were registered under the NDPS Act in 2016 as compared to 374 cases registered in 2008 under the BJP regime which shows the commitment of the state government to fight drug menace. Amendments have been made to make the law on drugs more stringent, four medicines commonly used as drugs have been banned and 22 additional posts of drug inspector and three posts of assistant drug controller have been sanctioned.
The Himachal Pradesh Beverages Corporation was formed to bring transparency and stop black marketing of liquor in the border areas.
Accusing the BJP government of rampant corruption in giving permission under Section 118 of HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, especially to educational institutes in Solan district, he said that he had enough evidence which he would produce at the right moment.
“The Youth Congress would organise rallies to counter mafia raj hatao, Himachal Pradesh bachao campaign of the BJP and the first rally would be organized in Sarkaghat tomorrow”, he said.
Supporting the decision of making Dharamsala as a second capital, he said that the move would ensure cultural and emotional integration but the administration would not be shifted. The Congress would be benefitted due to this decision would play a key role in forming the next Congress government, he added.
The development works undertaken by the present Congress government throughout the state and especially in Hamirpur would pave way for the victory of Congress candidate in the Bhoranj by election, he asserted.
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