Dhumal accuses Congress of giving allurements

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Dharamshala, Dec 15 (UNI) Former Himachal Pradesh chief minister P K Dhumal today accused the Congress of trying to give allurements to the electorate to vote in favour of its party candidates.

Addressing a public meeting at Kangra town, he alleged that it was distributing wine, shawls, blankets and mobiles to the voters in various parts of the state to ensure that they vote for it in the assembly elections.

Accusing the Congress Government of giving birth to corruption in the state, he said while the educated unemployed were running from pillar to post to get a job, the government was handing out jobs to the favourites under different schemes.

Referring to the theft of a suitcase containing Rs 1.50 crore from the chief minister's office, Mr Dhumal said this was evident of the widespread corruption in the present government.

Disputing Mr Singh's statement that he would continue in office even after December 28 even if voted out of power, he said he would not continue a day longer than December 28 when the assembly elections results would be declared.

The former chief minister said the Congress' promise of increasing the retirement age of state government employees to 60 from 58 years was a fallacy since it was part of the sixth pay commission, which it has already accepted.

The BJP was committed to 50 per cent reservation in appointments of teachers, doctors and engineers on the batch wise basis and 50 per cent through direct appointments, he said.

He said that wherever irregularities were found in the appointments of the PAT, PTA and para teachers those would be quashed.

The women employees would get holidays on Raksha Bandhan, Bhaidooj and Karwa Chauth, he added.

Mr Dhumal said a hydel project training institute would be established in the state to provide employment to the youths of the state.

UNI

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