Congress to grill BJP govt in Uttarakhand Assembly winter session

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Dehradun, Nov 20 (UNI) The opposition Congress is all set to grill the Khanduri government on developmental, corruption, unemployment and LPG issues in the Uttarakhand Assembly winter session scheduled to begin here on November 21.

Congress leader Harak Singh Rawat, a day prior to the session, told reporters here today that development process under Khanduri led Bharatiya Janata Party government in the state had reached stagnation point. "Not even ten per cent of budget has been utilised by various departments in its eight-month long tenure," he said, adding that the crime graph had shot up and corruption permeated in the government machinery. He also flayed BJP government for spiralling unemployment and critisised it for increasing circle rate of land. "Now the dream of a house for the common man has become impossible," he said.

Mr Rawat said that shortage of LPG had made life difficult, however, the government was silent. He said by reducing the term of Cooperative Boards to two years from five years, the cooperative machineries have been weakened.

"The elections of Board members would now put extra burden on government expenses," he asserted.

The Leader of Opposition said that all these issues would be raised in Assembly session by Congress and they would hold sit-ins, demonstrations and walk-outs to protest against 'anti-public' policies of the BJP government while maintaining democratic norms. He said a strategy would be chalked out in this regard by today evening.

Meanwhile, Bahujan Samaj Party too has resolved to oppose government's policies in the Assembly.

Assembly Speaker Harbans Kapoor said that instruction for adequate security arrangements for the winter session has been given. He expected that the Session would run for seven days. According to official sources, Supplimentary Budget and two Bills related to Cooperative and Nagar Nigam are likely to be tabled during the Session.

UNI

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