Himachal assembly elections: In Himachal, BJP may well effortlessly acquire 50 seats: Jai Ram Thakur


Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur is assured of returning to electric power in a point out wherever BJP and Congress have been getting turns to form authorities for the past 37 yrs. As Himachal Pradesh went to polls on November 12, he claims his celebration, BJP, will cross 50 seats in the 68-seat assembly. Edited excerpts from a telephonic interview with Prerna Katiyar:


Many BJP candidates have rebelled this time. Are they a danger to the party?
We took our marketing campaign to a distinctive amount this time. The PM, his link with Himachal Pradesh, the development function carried out, ‘Himachal Modiji ke Saath’ and double engine ki sarkar — these were our focus. Men and women like Modiji and the ‘double motor ki sarkar’. As a consequence, rebels are not in a situation to give us any struggle. The overall focus was on kamal ka phool, development and superior governance. So, I do not think the rebels will have an affect on us in any way. They will reduce terribly.

In Solan, PM Narendra Modi requested voters not to get worried about a applicant and to vote for him.
Certainly, he said that. What he intended was that the lotus is our symbol and anything or anybody else does not make a difference.

So candidates and their image do not make any difference at all. Is that what the party thinks?

I do not consider that nor did he say so. In our marketing campaign, we were speaking about our perform. Narendra Modiji’s confront and graphic encompassed all the things — improvement, leadership and excellent governance. He did not say that our candidates have no significance. His information was for the rebels. His indicator was that whosoever is standing as a rebel has no benefit or possibility at successful. Modiji by no means explained a phrase about candidates possessing no worth.

Congress has promised to carry back again the Previous Pension Scheme (OPS) — an problem close to people’s heart. But BJP has been silent on OPS.
What we want to request the Congress is, they experienced promised to employ OPS in Rajasthan, what is its standing now? Almost nothing has been accomplished apart from issuing a notification. There is a lot of disappointment amongst staff members there. Now they are fooling the persons of Himachal. We doubt their intentions. We have reported that we will discover a remedy to the OPS problem. The choice will be taken by the central leadership. If not OPS, then we will look at one more scheme that can enable our staff.

What about the Uniform Civil Code?
We have been extremely distinct that we are committed to bringing in the Uniform Civil Code. But we will not do it in a hurry. Initial, we will completely study its technical areas and then act on it appropriately. But we are dedicated to it.

A senior chief of your bash, Shanta Kumar, said that the BJP made faults in ticket distribution.
I do not want to comment on this. Jo ho gaya so ho gaya. Jo hai so hai (What has been carried out is carried out. What is there is what issues). There are bound to be some blunders but we have to move forward and give our greatest. We ought to respect the selection.

There is a whole lot of discontent among the individuals because of to unemployment.
I concur that unemployment is an challenge and our target in our upcoming tenure will be job generation. In the vision doc that we have introduced out, we have talked about building employment not just in the governing administration but also in the personal sector. We strategy to make 8 lakh work opportunities throughout sectors. There are several parts with high possible for position development such as industrial sector, pharma park and health care system park. Tourism also has a ton of prospective but we could not do significantly owing to Covid.

Is Congress giving a fantastic fight?
There are two events in Himachal. The natural way, when the fight is among two get-togethers, we are assuming that they also will attempt their finest. But the standard perception is that the Congress has no foreseeable future – neither in the point out nor in the country. They are previous their primary.

AAP is not a variable in Himachal. Folks have never taken any third get together seriously.

How numerous seats do you believe the BJP will earn?
We will kind the governing administration with a snug majority. Absolutely we will cross the former tally of 44. We may possibly contact 50 simply.

But no party has appear again to electric power in the past 37 decades. What helps make you so assured?
This time we are self-assured that we will sort the govt — we will thrive in transforming the pattern of alternating power on the again of improvement get the job done undertaken under Modiji. The rivaz (pattern) will transform in 2022.

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