Himachal Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Satpal Singh Satti on Monday accused the leader of opposition Mukesh Agnihotri of issuing false statements and said the party has launched more development projects for Dharamshala segment than Congress.

Satti said Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur in 2 years rule had carried more development works in Dharamshala constituency of Kangra district than previous Congress-led governments in their entire tenure.

“Thakur in January 2019 has inaugurated various development projects worth Rs 145 crore and has even started web portal for providing better services to the citizens of Smart City.

In addition, e-Nagarpalika system and smart beacon were started for Dharamshala and a unified app was launched for better quality and effectiveness of Information Technology related services,” he said.

Satti said besides rooftop solar power plant would be set up and smart roads, intelligent barrier, free bus shelter, parks, playgrounds would also be constructed soon in Dharamshala. A project for root zone treatment of sewerage and ultra-modern potable tapped water plant had been inaugurated that would benefit thousands of the residents of Smart City.

The state government would also develop places for performing Yoga and in addition, footpath for common man and theme park like facilities would be provided to the residents.

The foundation for the construction of smart roads at a cost of Rs 84 crore had been laid under which 32 km roads in Smart City Dharamshala would be developed at smart roads.

State BJP chief said the development works would definitely provide ease to the residents of Smart City and the development works show the resolve of the BJP government in developing Dharamshala as modern city.

“It seems that Agnihotri is issuing statements just to mislead the general public and gain their votes in assembly bypolls as Congress party has no issue to criticise or corner the state government. The false statements only shows the frustration of Agnihotri and Congress leaders as they have sensed the mood of the general public and impending defeat in assembly bypolls, scheduled to be held on 21 October in Himachal Pradesh,” he added.

It is worthwhile to mention here that Agnihotri during public rallies in support of Congress candidate Vijay Inder Karan had alleged that the ruling party had failed to develop Dharamshala as Smart City.

Agnihotri alleged that the BJP government didn’t carry out development works in the assembly segment that were proposed or started by the previous Congress regime.