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Posted on Nov 02, 09:04PM | UNI
Senior Congress leader and former Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh today accused the BJP of misleading the people of Himachal Pradesh after promising induction heaters to allure the voters before assembly polls on November 4.
Addressing media here, he alleged that BJP did not care for the health of homemakers as it was inviting health hazards by promising people induction heaters.
"A study of Energy Management Centre of Kerala says that induction heaters were dangerous to human health in many ways.
The women's exposure to them can even lead to abortion besides many other side effects," he added.
He claimed that the induction heaters were no alternative to the LPG cylinders and BJP was merely trying to allure voters. It won't come at easy cost and people will have to pay heavy electricity bills as in case of air conditioners and other appliances.
Seven ministers of BJP government in Himachal were facing corruption charges.
He said his forefathers had donated huge land to built Orphan rehab centre at Sadupulah in district Solan but the BJP government handed over the plot of land to Yog Guru Baba Ramdev after charging paltry lease money from the multibillionaire trust dealing in Ayurvedic medicines.
"Like Punjab, the BJP government in Himachal is also being ruled by the father son duo. 21 out of the 41 BJP MLAs are facing criminal charges against them," he added.
He also blamed the BJP government for depriving the state government employees of the complete benefits of the revised pay scales as has been done in Punjab and said it was their legitimate right.
"BJP government has not done anything at all for the state employees in HP. If the Congress formed the government in HP, the Punjab pays scales, arrears, allowances and other benefits will be provided to the state employees in totto," he added.
"Both bankrupt governments in Himachal and Punjab are hundred per cent dependent on central aid. They are just giving names of their leaders in both states to take political mileage," he added.
He said if the BJP government was worried about the increased prices of LPG and other petroleum products, then why it was not reducing the VAT like other Congress ruled states.
He said the Congress in its manifesto has assured people of the state to provide nine LPG refills in a year.
Congress leader claimed that Congress would form the next government in Himachal. He said Congress's defeat in Punjab elections has different reasons.
"21 rebels were also in fray in Punjab. The party formed by Manpreet Badal also harmed us and the margin of defeat was very less," he added.
He said the situation in Himachal was different as BJP has totally ignored development in the state and all roads were in bad condition.
He said the HPCC chief Virbhadra Singh enjoys good reputation and the Congress would certainly gain by projecting a him for the Chief Minister's post.
"But Congress high-command would take any decision after the elections", he added.