Failure to propagate development works led to Cong defeat: Dhawan

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Una, May 16 (UNI) Senior Congress leader and state in-charge R K Dhawan today said the party workers had failed to take the achievements of the previous Congress regime to people, which led to the party's debacle in the last assembly elections.

Addressing mediapersons here, he said this gap was due to some differences and misconceptions amongs the ranks and file, which now stand corrected.

Mr Dhawan said due to early polls their party was unable to finish the ongoing developmental works.

He admitted that every political party wants to seek credit for its achievements in the last leg of the tenure to be in a good position to contest the next elections.

During the Congress regime the state government had excelled in a number of fields including health, education and general administration, he said.

Besides, he said a boost was provided in the field of industrial development. He added that three police Batallions were sanctioned by the UPA government for Himachal Prdaesh, of which, one was purely for women.

The Congress leader alleged that BJP candidate and Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal's son Anurag Thakur was not even a primary member of the BJP till five days before declaration of his name as party candidate for the Hamirpur Parliamentary by-elections. He countered the BJP allegations against the Congress party of following dynastic traditions in favour of the Nehru-Gandhi family.

Mr Dhawan said Indira Gandhi was the president of the Congress party before she became the Prime Minister and Rajiv Gandhi had served the party before being elevated as the Prime Minister.

He said the BJP's decision to promote Anurag Thakur was purely on the merit that he was the son of the Chief Minister of the state.

''Merely holding the chair of the president of a state sports organisation does not qualify somebody for the high office of the Member of Parliament,'' he added.

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