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11 May, 2009

Vote with an eye on future: Khanduri

CHANDIGARH: Urging city residents to exercise their right to franchise judiciously, Uttarakhand chief minister BC Khanduri on Sunday called upon
people to keep an eye on future of the country, of their children and environment while doing so.
Addressing a gathering predominantly comprising people from his state, he said they should ensure that those who had not been true to their promises - like controlling prices, or building an AIIMS-like medical institutes in Uttarakhand - are punished.
The supporters cheered loudly when he reminded them how the BJP-NDA government, led by Atal Behari Vajpayee, carved out Uttarakhand and gave it the status of a special state to mitigate problems of local people in the face of opposition from the UP government lead by Mulayam Singh Yadav. His mention of steps of his government to provide good governance also drew applause.
Lashing out at Congress government at the Centre for not being able to control prices, he said the corruption was the major reason behind price rise in the last five years. He said the previous Congress government of the state was deeply mired in corruption, which was visible from registration of 56 graft cases in this period.
Saying his government had created a detailed plan to provide road connectivity to rural areas of the state, Khanduri mentioned 50% reservation for women in panchayati raj institutions and low fees for medical and other higher education as welfare measures undertaken by his government. He promised BJP-NDA government in Centre will ensure its power is used to serve people, especially the poor.
Satya Pal Jain, BJP’s parliamentary candidate, said on coming to power at the Centre, BJP will undo the policy of auctioning land meant for NGOs. He said this will be replaced with a policy of allotment of land to deserving NGOs so that Kumaon Sabha and bodies of people from other regions of Uttarakhand can build their on social centres.
Former minister for home in the Vajpayee government ID Swami, former Haryana minister Ram Bilas Sharma, former Haryana BJP president Rattan Lal Kataria and former Punjab Vidhan Sabha deputy speaker Bir Devinder Singh addressed a huge public meeting in Sector 49.