Rathore criticises Dhumal's statement on PTA teachers

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Shimla, Nov 2 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee General secretary Kuldeep Rathore today criticised senior BJP leader and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal for his alleged statement, that "After coming to power, BJP would cancel all the appointments of PTA teachers, recruited in the Congress regime''.

Addressing media persons here today, Rathore said, "Such statements from a senior leader of the BJP only show the perplexed mindset of the party leaders who are foreseeing their defeat in the ensuing assembly elections".

"State Congress Committee has received more than 400 applications for the party ticket from all over the state. Such excitement for Congress ticket has never been witnessed before and is a clear sign that there is no anti-incumbency factor working against the state government," he said, adding that party would take disciplinary action against such applicants who are giving statements in the media against each other.

Mr Rathore, who has been appointed as the chief of the Congress Media Cell Committee, when asked about the party's stand on the ticket allotment to the associate members of the Congress Legislative Party, said, the 21 member State Election Committee of the party would meet at Himachal Bhavan in New Delhi on November 4 under the leadership of state party incharge R K Dhawan and would finalise the criteria for the candidature of party ticket for these candidates.

To strengthen the party campaign in the state, he said, All India Congress Committee has appointed seven members as observers for the party affairs, they are Ajay Makan for Kangra district, Jagmeet Singh Brar for Mandi, Jitender Singh for Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Una districts, Krishna Tirath for Shimla and Solan districts, Mahabal Mishra for Kullu, Virender Singh Bisht for Sirmour and Theyog and Kumarsen constituencies of Shimla district and Mehboob Ali for Chamba, Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur districts.

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