Democracy can only be saved by the votes of the people: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu

Chief Minister Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu said today that the power of the Himachal Pradesh people’s votes could preserve democracy and drive out despotic elements attempting to topple a legitimately elected Congress administration.

“The people of Himachal have to decide whether they want to keep democracy alive or support turncoats, who have switched sides despite being elected on a Congress ticket,” Sukhu remarked, addressing the media here. Not only do the people of Himachal Pradesh need to deliver a lesson to the BJP, but also to the MPs who disregarded their mandate. By guaranteeing the Congress wins all four Lok Sabha seats and six Assembly seats, they must exact revenge on the BJP for their undemocratic action.

“The people of Himachal Pradesh must choose between a government free from corruption and representatives who are bribed and courted by outside interests, going against their mandate,” he said. Our administration established a new hiring board in Hamirpur to guarantee total openness and equitable selection processes as opposed to paper leaks, which occurred during the BJP government.

“We tried to live up to the expectations that the Himachal Pradesh electorate had set for us in the 2022 Assembly elections,” he said. The Congress had delivered on its electoral promises, which included restoring the previous pension plan at the very first Cabinet meeting, giving women a Rs 1,500 monthly payment, and launching a Rs 680 crore youth initiative to turn Himachal Pradesh into a green state.

“The women of Lahaul and Spiti are receiving a monthly assistance of Rs 1,500, and 2.37 lakh women who were receiving a social security pension of Rs 1,000 or Rs 1,100 are also receiving a monthly assistance of Rs 1,500, which will help them lead a respectable life,” Sukhu said. Additionally, the government plans to increase girls’ marriageable age from 18 to 21.

He took aim at Jai Ram Thakur, the Leader of the Opposition, for going to the Election Commission of India to protest women in the state filling out forms to get the Rs 1,500 monthly support. “After the elections, we would provide all qualified women Rs 1,500 per month aid, despite the BJP’s best efforts,” he continued.

In an effort to make Himachal independent, Sukhu said that during its 15 months in office, the Congress administration had brought in Rs 2,200 crore in income. “Last year, the state saw the worst-ever natural disaster, but the government used its own resources to help the people.” He said, “The Central Government did not give Himachal any special financial assistance, despite the fact that people, including children, donated money liberally.”