BJP setting wrong by its bandh on May 2: Congress

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Shimla, Apr 30 (UNI) The Congress today claimed that the BJP was setting a wrong precedent by extending its support to the May 2 bandh and said the state government should not support it.

Talking to mediapersons here, party state general secretary Kuldeep Singh Rathore said the state government was setting a wrong precedent by deciding to extend its support to the ruling party to make the bandh a success on May 2.

The BJP is observing a nationwide bandh on May 2 against the UPA Government's failure to reign in the prices of essential commodities, which have increased manifold during the last few months.

Mr Rathore also criticised the state government for increasing bus fares in the state by 25 per cent soon after coming to power saying it had hurt the commonman the most.

Attributing the rise in the prices of food items in the state to the destruction of public distribution system (PDS), he said the prices were increasing because the PDS had been destroyed.

Referring to the party's preparations for the May 22 parliamentary by-polls from Hamirpur constituency, he said the party was gearing up its machinery and would cornor the government over hike in bus fares, widespread transfer of government officials and failure to check prices of food items.

He said the party has appointed 53 observors in all the 17 Assembly constituencies of the state that constitute the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency to ensure smooth campaigning in favour of the party candidate.

Former excise and taxation minister Rangila Ram Rao would be the Bilaspur district incharge, while, former HP Assembly speaker G R Musafir would be Hamirpur district incharge, he said.

The Congress leader said former irrigation and public health minister Kaul Singh Thakur would be responsible for Una district and MP Chander Kumar would be Kangra district incharge.

He said former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Vidya Stokes and state party president Viplove Thakur would accompany party's candidate from the constituency O P Rattan when he files his nomination papers on May 3.

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