Cabinet expansion likely soon in Himachal: CM Dhumal
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Last Updated: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 20:22
Hamirpur: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Saturday said his cabinet is likely to be expanded soon.

"Cabinet expansion is likely in the near future and some Chairmen and vice Chairmen could also be appointed", he told mediapersons at Samirpur near here.

On the results of assembly elections in five states, Dhumal said while the voters outrightly rejected CPI (M) in West Bengal and overwhelmingly supported Trin Mool Congress of Mamta Banerjee, development was main issue in the minds of the electorate in other states.

He said Congress "must learn" from poll results in Tamil Nadu and Puduchery where its coalition partner DMK had been mauled by AIADMK led by Jayalalita.

"Congress has nothing to claim from poll results in these states but its victory in Assam and Kerala was creditable", he added.

Charging the Congress leaders , Union Minister V B Singh, HPCC President Kaul Singh Thakur and the leader of the opposition Vidya Stokes with "misleading" the people on the issue of giving permission to purchase land in relaxation of section 118 of Tenancy and Land Reforms Act which barred non-agriculturists, including Himachalis, from purchasing land, the Chief Minister said 2,068 persons were given permission during the previous Congress government while 1,297 permissions were granted during 40 months rule of BJP.

He challenged the Congress leaders to come out with specific cases of ?benami Land deals? so that appropriate action could be initiated.

He also reiterated that the government had not provided any land to any private university or to any institution, except for Central University, ESI Medical College and IIT being set up in government sector.

Later addressing a public meeting, he said the Asian Development Bank would finance the Rs 426-crore tourism promotion projects and Awah Devi Temple complex would be developed from religious tourism point of view.

He said that the State Government had already submitted a detailed project report to the ADB which included development of several unexplored areas to be developed as tourist destinations.


First Published: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 20:22

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