Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Amit Shah on Monday started the campaign trail in Himachal Pradesh and said the government did not utilise the Central grants properly.

Addressing a public meeting at Jawali in Kangra district, Shah said the Congress government did not let the people of the state take benefits from Central schemes as these schemes were not properly implemented.

“Himachal Pradesh has lots of potential in tourism, agriculture and power sectors but the government didn’t focused on these sectors,” he said.

He targeted chief minister Virbhadra Singh on corruption charges and said he along with his family members are facing corruption. “Singh government even took loans to the tune of Rs 20,000 Crore and spent it on wasteful expenditures, resulting in the state failing into debt trap,” he said.

He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi government implemented ‘One Rank, One Pension’ scheme within one year of coming into power which has benefitted thousands of ex-servicemen of the state. “Modi government opened bank accounts of 30 crore people and gave gas connections to 2 crore poor women,” he said.

Shah accused the Congress party of only promoting corrupt practices and said scams worth Rs 12 lakh crore took place in during UPA regime. While, not even a single case of corruption emerged during the last three years of BJP led NDA government, he said.

He called in the people of the state to vote out corrupt Congress government and said the people should vote for BJP whose only agenda was to provide honest and efficient governance to the state.