Hitting out at the Congress leaders for targeting the BJP government in the state for no valid reasons, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur today said those who did nothing in the last five years were questioning the performance of the 44-day-old current regime. Talking to reporters, he alleged that the Congress leaders were only involved in vendetta politics in the last five years and that they devoted more time in courts than on people's welfare. "The Congress government was run by the tired and retired and today, the party is blaming us for giving extension to some in our government," Thakur said. Alleging that the Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government had made a flurry of announcements in haste, he claimed that it announced tehsils in areas where the requirement was that of Kanungo circles, opened new SDM offices where tehsils were required and upgraded plus two schools at places, where the demand was for a high or middle school. Claiming that it was a complete chaos during the Congress rule, Thakur said there were no doctors in health institutes and not enough teachers and staff in schools. Stating that the previous government had left behind a debt of Rs 46,500 crore, the chief minister said he believed Prime Minister Narendra Modi would help the state to cope with it. He also said the state BJP would give its 100 per cent to ensure that the party emerged victorious in the 2019 Lok Sabha election. Earlier, the chief minister arrived at Nadaun.
At Amtar, he was received by former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur, MLA Narinder Thakur, Bhoranj MLA Kamlesh Kumari and others. It was Thakur's first visit to Hamirpur district after becoming chief minister. He inaugurated a 170-metre long bridge over the Maan rivulet, which was completed at a cost of Rs 8.60 crore. Thakur also laid the foundation stone of the Rs 5 crore Majhiar-Sera-Pakhrol Lift Irrigation scheme, which envisaged to construct as many as 30 water storage tanks for assured irrigation facilities around the year. The project, providing irrigation facilities to 1,000 hectares of land, will benefit 24 villages.
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