Shimla, May 2: The BJP today predicted an easy victory for the party in the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency of Himachal Pradesh, which goes to the polls on May 22, saying this will be followed by its win in the next Lok Sabha polls.
''The party's huge win last year in the Hamirpur parliamentary constituency helped the party to win the state assembly elections and victory in this constituency again this year will help it come to power in the Centre,'' party's state president Jai Ram Thakur said at a press conference here.He said price rise was the single most issue behind the Congress' defeat in Punjab, Uttaranchal, Punjab and Himachal and would prove its undoing in the Hamirpur constituency.
Referring to the NDA Government's performance at the Centre, he said it was successful in keeping the prices of essential commodities down despite all odds.
Mr Thakur said though the country's growth rate was between six to 6.5 per cent during the NDA's tenure, as against eight to nine per cent during the present UPA Government, but the inflation was kept under control below 4.5 per cent, as against 7.57 per cent as of date.
Claiming that the state government had taken several steps on its own to keep the prices of essential commodities down, he said besides making a provision of Rs 90 crore for providing cheap rations to the people, it had also increased the wages of daily workers from Rs 75 to Rs 100 and enhanced social security pension from Rs 200 to Rs 300.
The BJP leader said it was also the present government, which made a provision of Rs 70 crore for providing cheap rations during the last fiscal, as against the claims of the previous Congress Government that had not made any budgetary provision for it. He also criticised the Left parties for continuing to support the UPA Government even when the prices of essential commodities were sky rocketing from the reach of the common man.
''There is a huge difference between the Left's words and deeds,'' he added.
Replying to a question on the government's decision to provide four CFL bulbs to each of the 16 lakh households in the state, he said these bulbs would help in saving a sum of Rs 400 crore annually on amount of electricity saved.