Shimla, Nov 6 (UNI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and former Chief Minister and Lok Sabha MP Prem Kumar Dhumal today launched the campaign of their candidates in Bharmaur constituency, claiming all round development during their respective tenures.
While Mr Singh claimed that successive Congress Governments had paid special attention towards the developmental requirements of the tribal areas and formulated separate Tribal sub-plan for its development, Mr Dhumal accused the government of widespread corruption, failing to check price rise and failure on all fronts.
Addressing public meetings at Kirhi and Lilh in the district, the Chief Minister said his government had been successful in connecting Pangi Valley of the Bharmaur constituency with the district headquarters through Saach Pass at an altitude of 15,000 feet.
The road, already thrown open for light vehicles, would reduce distance between Chamba and Killar by several hundred kms, he said, adding that the government was also considering a plan to construct a tunnel between Holi and Uttrala in Kangra district.
The Chief Minister said the gaddis and gujjars living outside the tribal areas have also been given the tribal status for their overall speedy development.
On the other hand, Mr Dhumal accused the Virbhadra Singh Government of being neck deep in corruption and nepotism and said the people of the state have already made up their mind to throw out the corrupt government.
Addressing a public meeting at Killar in Pangi district, he claimed that the BJP would return to power after the assembly elections, since the Congress had failed on all fronts and was a party of the corrupt only.
Mr Dhumal said the BJP on coming to power would restore the TD rights to the people of the state, besides other rights snatched by the Congress government.
Over 40 Congress activists also joined the BJP on the occasion.