Hamirpur, Feb 14 : Commenting on Delhi Assembly results, Union Minister of State for Finance and Corporate affairs, Anurag Thakur here on Friday said that despite a loss in the elections, the BJP party emerged stronger as people were still with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. However, Mr Thakur refused to comment on Union Home Minister Amit Shah's assertion that comments like Goli maro… had harmed the BJP party in Delhi elections.
Mr Thakur came into a controversy after he raised a slogan to shoot the traitors (anti-CAA protestors) in an election rally in Delhi. Subsequently, he was barred by the Election Commission from campaigning. The AAP and Congress repeatedly attacked the BJP over the statement. Accepting the defeat in Delhi elections, Mr Thakur said that there were many states where the non-BJP governments were ruling as the voting pattern for the elections in states and country was different. Mr Thakur attacked the Congress party for claiming that the development was haywire in general and HP in particular.
Taking a jibe, he asked the Congressmen to change the number of their specs and see how much development had taken place in all parts of India including Himachal. He said that the central government had granted more help to the state of Himachal as per the report of the 15th Finance Commission and going to further accelerate the pace of progress in the state. Replying to a question on price rise, he said that prices have remained under control in the BJP government. The prices had sky rocked during the regimes of UPA-I, II.
He, however, said that if there were any instances of price rise for a month or so that was the natural phenomena due to natural calamities. Talking about less funds under the Railway head to the state, he said that such accusations were untrue and false. He claimed that more funds had been given for the state under Railway net work and it would be known to the people in coming days. He thanked the Union Road and Surface Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari for convening a meeting of the HP MP, s and HP government regarding granting of funds for the national highways.
He said that since DPR’s of such projects had started reaching New Delhi, funds would be released accordingly. Earlier, funds could not come as DPR’s were not ready during the Congress regime. Earlier, he listened to the grievances and suggestions of the people at Samirpur village, his native village and sorted out most of them on the spot. He assured people that funds would not come in any way for acceleration of development in state including Hamirpur district. The Minister also took part in a function at Morsoo village and distributed lamps, cycles and heaters to the needy people of Morsoo gram panchayat and gave a call to them to side with the BJP for their own benefits and development. (UNI)