In areas like Shimla and Kinnaur, apple cultivation is maximum. In fact, these farmers were unhappy with the withdrawal of 18% Goods and Services Tax (GST) and some subsidies by the BJP government on apple packaging.
himachal assembly elections
In Gujarat, the Bharatiya Janata Party created history by creating a new record of victory. But in Himachal BJP had to face defeat from Congress. Congress got 40 seats in Himachal but BJP had to settle for 25 seats only. Apart from the electoral strategy, 4 such villains were made for the defeat of the BJP, who were directly related to the pockets of the general public. According to the report of Economics Times, there were some important issues like Old Pension Scheme, 18% GST on apple, electricity bill and Agniveer scheme where BJP lost.
What is the screw of pension scheme
Actually Himachal Pradesh is the first state where old pension scheme became an issue, even BJP formed a committee on old pension scheme. But by promising to implement the OPS, the Congress defeated the BJP and thus the Congress had an edge over the BJP on this issue.
18% GST on apple became a problem
Himachal is a state where apple cultivation has a very important role, especially in areas like Shimla and Kinnaur, apple cultivation is maximum. In fact, these farmers were unhappy with the withdrawal of 18% Goods and Services Tax (GST) and some subsidies by the BJP government on apple packaging. The state government had promised to reduce the GST to 12% and the state would bear the burden of 6% but it was very less. Apple farmers were very angry about this issue, the BJP had to bear the brunt of it in the elections.
Screw stuck in Agniveer scheme
When the Agniveer scheme was launched by the government, there was an uproar in the whole country. Especially in states like Bihar and Himachal, it was strongly opposed. The issue of government jobs and Agniveer Yojana for recruitment in the armed forces also did not appeal to young voters. Actually Himachal is such a state where in 40% of the families some one or the other person is either working in the army or is retired from the army. The effect of this scheme was seen in Himachal elections.
Defeated even on the issue of electricity
At the same time, on the issue of electricity also, the BJP was seen losing to the Congress. During the elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party had announced to give 125 units of free electricity to households. While the Congress promised to give 300 units of free electricity. In this way, Congress defeated BJP on this issue as well.
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