Extend Himachal industrial package to 2050 – Khimmi Ram
Shimla: Geared up to host national party president Nitin Gadkari, BJP has decided to term the proposed rally to be addressed by him on Sunday as ‘Nyayah Rally’ against the discrimination meted out to a opposition ruled state by the Manmohan Singh led UPA government.
Speaking to the media, Khimmi Ram, state BJP president said, “from cutting short the 10 year industrial package granted by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, to reducing state quota of subsidized rations, lesser allocation granted by the 13th Finance Commission and not settling the long pending issue of royalty from power projects such as those owned by Bhakra Beas Management Board are all cumulatively harming the interests of Himachal Pradesh.”
Since industrialization is a slow process, the industrial package needed to be extended beyond the original 2013 period to 2050, if the hill state is truly to benefit from it, said Khimmi Ram.
The rally to be addressed by party president Nitin Gadkari would highlight the discriminatory attitude of UPA government towards states ruled by the main opposition party, he said.
Gadkari maiden two-day visit after become BJP president, starts on Saturday.
He said that it was ironic that despite their being two representatives from the state in prime minister Manmohan Singh’s cabinet, yet they had failed to protect the interests of the state.
BJP would continue to fight for the states just rights and if need be would not hesitate to take the matter to court about curtailing the states industrial package, he added.
Critical of the state congress party’s, he said, “after having agreed to be part of a joint delegation and making common ground about raising termination of the industrial package with the prime minister, now the state congress president Kaul Singh had changed his stance and says that they would meet him separately.”
“The congress is playing a dubious role, which the people can see through, he added.