Anurag files nomination papers

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Hamirpur, Apr 30 (UNI) BJP's candidate from Hamirpur parliamentary constituency of Himachal Pradesh, Anurag Thakur, today filed his nomination papers here for the May 22 bypolls.

Mr Thakur handed over his papers this morning to Hamirpur Deputy Commissioner Nandita Gutpa, who is also the district returning officer for the elections.

Later, addressing a rally here, state Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal launched a scathing attack on the Congress for its all round failure in the state and Centre, saying it was responsible for all the ills plaguing the country.

''The Congress has failed to rein in the prices of essential commodities, which are rising with each passing day, making it difficult for the common man to meet both ends,'' he added.

Mr Dhumal also blamed Congress for widespread corruption and said the people of the state would back the BJP in the parliamentary elections.

Referring to his government's achievements during the last four months, he said the BJP Government had delivered in the past and would again live up to the expectations of the people of the state.

Addressing the rally, party state incharge Sat Pal Jain called upon the people of the state to vote for the BJP, which was responsible for uniform development of the state during its last tenure (1998-2003).

He predicted that the Congress would disintegrate after the next Lok Sabha elections, which would bring the party to power in the Centre.

State party president Jai Ram Kumar was also present on the occasion.

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