‘PM has no right to come up with vague allegation’

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Sunday lashed out at Congress, saying voting for the party would mean invitation to corruption.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2012, 22:39 PM IST

Amritsar: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister
Prem Kumar Dhumal on Sunday lashed out at Congress, saying voting
for the party would mean direct invitation to corruption.

Reacting to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh accusing the
SAD-BJP government in Punjab of creating a financial mess,
Dhumal said PM had no right to level "vague" charges of
corruption against the state government as Congress-led UPA
was itself mired in a series of scams.

"PM has no right to come up with such vague allegations
against the state government as the government he leads has
itself been hit by a slew of scams like the Commonwealth Games
and 2G spectrum," Dhumal told reporters during a visit to the
city.

Observing that voting for the Congress in a scenario like
this was a direct invitation to corruption, the BJP leader
said if Union Government has given funds to Punjab it was the
outcome of huge money sent in the form of taxes to the Centre
by the Government of Punjab.

Dhumal said in many states political parties were having
a consecutive second term in office and this is exactly what
is going to happen in the case of SAD-BJP government in Punjab
due to record development in the last five years.

Talking about Congress` election manifesto for Punjab, he
said it had been announced without application of mind, since
many promises like one rank one pension made in it were beyond
reach of the state unit of the party as it was the prerogative
of the Union Government.

Refuting the charge of misutilization of funds by state
Government in the last five years he said it was unfair on
part of Prime Minister to say MNREGA funds were not used
properly in Punjab.

PM himself is the chairman of MNREGA and well aware how
much of funds were misused in many Congress-ruled states, he
said.

PTI