Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh while addressing a massive gathering at Patlandar in Hamirpur district today exhorted the party cadre to join hands to fight the propaganda of BJP and work together for the party sincerely in view of ensuing assembly elections in the State, which were around the corner. He said that it was the practice of the Congress earlier to elect leaders and the members of its Working Committees, right from Block level to Pradesh Congress Committees, or even AICC through elections, but now-a-days it has been observed that this practice was being shown the wind and the members were nominated instead of being elected.
He said that young people should come elected right from block level and for Pradesh Congress Committees or All India Congress Committee (AICC). He said that the Constitution of the Party needs to be reorganized.
Chief Minister said that all the political parties should make it necessary to elect their leaders and members of the inner working committees, and added that it was the cause of concern and an issue to be pondered upon. Only such people should come who have following behind them and should be elected in constitutional manner rather than to make him or her sit and take decisions against the wishes of few dedicated workers of the party, he added.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that the Congress don’t believe in mud-slinging and character assassination as opposite to BJP leaders who have spoiled the political atmosphere of the state. Instead of involving themselves in unruly incidents, they (BJP) should agitate in a decent manner, he added.
He said that it was upto the High Command to take a decision of his leading the party or contesting elections. He said that if party requires, his services he would be undoubtedly the first to serve and if they think that there can be a better choice than him, he would still serve the people rising above politics and sincerely work for the party throughout his life.
Chief Minister said that few unfortunate incidents are reported everywhere, but that does not mean that the law and order has completely failed. The BJP people make a mountain out of a molehill and now were quite tightlipped on Haryana bedlam, he remarked.
Shri Virbhadra Singh said that the BJP and CPI (M) gave a political colour to the infamous Guddia Rape and murder case, damaged the public property and created unrest in the State. Action would be taken against those who destroyed the public property, as this was not the way to protest, he said. One of the former BJP Minister was involved in all this and creating scare amongst the people and certainly action would be taken against him, he added.
Chief Minister said that the forest clearance was awaited to pave the way for construction of Medical College in Hamirpur though the State Government has adequate budget for the same. He said that fate of AIIMS yet undecided and he has request the Central Union Minister, Shri J.P Nadda to pursue the matter as the State Government has provided enough land as per the requirement of Union Ministry of Health.
Chief Minister assured the ex-service men of all possible help. He also assured for deploying Child and Gynae specialists in Civil Hospital Sujanpur. He also announced starting of post-graduation classes in Degree College Nadaun.
Vice-Chairman, State Disaster Management Authority Shri Rajinder Rana, while addressing the gathering attacked the BJP MLA from Nadaun for attacking the police personnel. He blamed the BJP for spreading lawlessness in the State. He said that the people were aware that Haryana was burning and the Khattar Government of Haryana completely failed to control the arson and violence in which as many as 38 people died. Why the BJP leaders were mum over this issue and not even uttering a word, he questioned. He said that the BJP was directly responsible for creating hullabaloo and unrest in the State as they were airing petty issues and leveling false charges against the Chief Minister.
He also counted the development of the area. He said that the BJP was anti-employee and it was the Congress Party that took decision to regularize the contract employees after three years of service from five years.
Chief Parliamentary Secretary Shri Inder Dutt Lakhanpal, Ex-MLA Shri Kuldeep Pathania, Chairman Kangra Central Co-operative Bank Shri Jagdish Saphiya, Chairman Ex-servicemen Corporation Col. BC Lagwal, Chairman APMC Shri Prem Kaushal, DCC Member Smt. Promila Devi were present on the occasion amongst others.