Ahead of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly elections, Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday visited the hill state. While addressing a rally the Home Minister said that Uttarakhand has seen overall development only in the last four years.
"Uttarakhand has seen overall development in the last four years. Bharatiya Janata Party is committed to development of the State under the leadership of CM Pushkar Singh Dhami," Amit Shah in Dehradun said.
Coming down heavily on the grand old party, Shah said, "The Congress people could not be been seen during Covid-19, floods in the state. But when elections are near they emerge and start doing press conferences," adding, "I challenge Harish Rawat Ji (former CM & Congress leader) to an open debate on the promises made and fulfilled by Congress and BJP in their respective election manifestos. The BJP has fulfilled around 85% of promises made in its manifesto."
Accusing the Congress of appeasement politics, Shah said, "Congress turns back on its promises...earlier when I came here during Congress government, some people met me & told me that on Friday there is permission to block Highway & do Namaz there. Congress only does appeasement and can't do any welfare work for Uttarakhand."
Shah also launched 'Ghasiyari Kalyan Yojana' in Dehradun.
The home minister is expected to address the Shantikunj Golden Jubilee Year lecture series in Haridwar at 4 PM today.
Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami also addresed the rally and said, "The moment we got to know that a natural disaster might strike the state, we temporarily halted the Char Dham Yatra. All pilgrims were requested to halt for few days at their respective places in the state. There was no casualty among pilgrims."
Polls for the 70 member Uttarakhand Assembly are scheduled to take place in early 2022.
In the 2017 elections, BJP secured 57 assembly seats, Congress won 11 seats and the rest of the seats were won by others.