Oppn walks out even as CM lists achievements in HP House
Shimla: It was a day of acrimonious scenes and opposition walk-outs on Thursday with Congress trying to corner the BJP government on development agenda as Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur listed the government achievements in reply to debate on the Governor's Address in the state assembly here. But, before Chief Minister could wind up his reply reaffirming his resolve on new initiatives on development and making a difference in the lives of the people with Centre's funding, the Congress MLAs staged a walk-out.
Leader of Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri, who resorted to repeated interruptions to stall Chief Minister's reply and questioned on law and order and promises made in the state's budget for 2018-19, said the government has failed to come to expectations of the people .
He particularly questioned Chief Minister if the state has got Rs 6,500 cr help from the Centre, as he (CM) had claimed. How about 69 National Highway projects, which the BJP purportedly got sanctioned, but nothing on the ground, he alleged
Undeterred by the opposition's interruptions and walk-out, Thakur asserted that "Janmanch " has turned out to be biggest mass initiative to redress the grievances of people, on the spot and at their doors. More than 26,700 complaints have been dealt at the 'Janmanch' forum, which is most innovative idea any government had every tried in Himachal. It has a big success, he said.
"You (opposition) say I am new, but the fact is that I am new only to this job (Chief Minister), which is a responsibility I have been called upon to discharge. Actually, I have been here in the House for past 20 years. So I am an old hand, but not so old also. Yes, as a new man in the post, I have tried to do things differently. The results are before all of you", he declared.
Listing out several achievements of the government during past one year of the government, Thakur said it's also first time Himachal Pradesh has got projects worth Rs 9000 cr sanctioned from the Centre at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's behest.