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HP govt undermining importance of Shimla: BJP leader

Press Trust of India  |  Shimla 

Former chief and local MLA, Suresh Bharadwaj today accused the of discriminating against Shimla and "undermining" its importance.

Participating in the discussion on budget, he lashed out at the for first "ignoring" Shimla and bringing Dharamshala in the smart city project of of by "fudging the data" and now deciding to have second capital at Dharamshala.

Asserting that Shimla was the summer capital of erstwhile British that included India, Pakistan, and some other areas, Bharadwaj said,"The chief minister is doing all this to pamper just one minister."

"Chief Minister is trying to play politics now by notifying Dharamshala as second capital and that too at a time when the has not been able to provide proper systems at Shimla," Bharadwaj said, adding that earlier also, the chief minister tried to gain political mileage in Kangra by having second building in Dharamshala but it did not work.

"The will not benefit from such gimmick like second capital status to Dharamsala as people want development, which is not taking place.

"The people of Kangra already know that the party had never allowed the leadership to go to lower areas of Himachal and it was the which gave two chief ministers, Shanta Kumar and Prem Kumar Dhumal from lower areas," he said.

Bharadwaj attacked the Health minister, Kaul Singh Thakur for ignoring the development of premier Indira Gandhi Medical College in Shimla and taking the Medical University to Mandi.

He also criticised the for "abject failure" tomaintain essential services like water and power supply and road connectivity in the wake of snowfall in Shimla on January 6 and 7 this year.

He said that people were made to live without power for a week and water for even a longer time.

He said the "residents of Shimla were supplied sewer mixed water for drinking" last year, which led to outbreak of jaundice and claimed more than 20 lives.

He dismissed the budget as a mere statement of "hollow announcements".

Chief Parliamentary Secretary, Nand Lal appreciated the CM for his prudent financial management.

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First Published: Fri, March 17 2017. 00:42 IST