Una, June 15
Leader of the Opposition Mukesh Agnihotri today alleged that the state government was misusing the official machinery for organising virtual rallies of the BJP.
Agnihotri objected to the use of the Information and Public Relations Department, besides other official machinery for the BJP’s publicity campaign. He said that the Department of Information Technology was hosting virtual rallies. The money being spent on virtual campaigning should be used in sprucing up health facilities to fight Covid-19.
He said that the BJP’s virtual rallies proved that the party was trying to gain political mileage out of the present crisis. He added that the party holding virtual rallies in Bihar was understandable, as the Assembly elections were due in that state, but in Himachal Pradesh, these did not make sense. He asked Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur and the ministers to spell out their specific plans and proposals for those affected by the situation arising out of the pandemic.
Agnihotri said while the Covid cases in the state were rising, the government seemed helpless and direction less in tackling the crisis. The government had failed to provide relief to the people.
He said the Congress wanted the electricity and water bills of residents of the state pertaining to the lockdown period should be waived and tenants in government buildings be exempted from paying rent. He added that a decision on how to run educational institutions, keeping in mind the future of students, be taken at the earliest.
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