Una, Dec 8 (UNI) BJP national vice president Shanta Kumar today said that it was the BJP that had been working for the cause of the women in the state.
Addressing a public meeting here in support of party candidate Virender Kanwar, he said, in 1977, it was the BJP Government that provided water at the doorsteps, easing the problem of water carriage for women.
Mr Kumar said his government in 1990 ensured 33 per cent reservation for women in the Panchayati Raj Institutions (PRI) and added that the present BJP manifesto again had promised 50 per cent reservation in the PRI bodies.
Taking a dig at the opposition, he said the Congress was synonymous with corruption, nepotism and unemployment.
He said senior national Congress leaders had brushed aside the issue of price rise, terming it as a global phenomenon.
The former union minister opined that the prices of essential commodities could have been controlled provided the central leadershop was honest and had a strong will power.
He said while he was the union minister in-charge of Public Distribution System, government godowns remained full after a 690 lakh metric tonnes of food grain production. In contrast, he said, the godowns were now empty despite a food grain production of 797 lakh metric tonnes.
Mr Kumar said cheap exports and expensive distress imports of the same food grains proved of gross mismanagement that caused a loss of hundred thousands to the exchequer.
He alleged that Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his MP wife Pratibha Singh accused of corrupt practices had lost the moral right to seek votes from the public.
The BJP leader promised to put to an end the harassment of government employees who were also threatened of being transferred by the state government.
A transfer policy would be framed and it would be strictly adhered to, he said, adding that the dignity and respect of the government servants would be restored, he added.