Cong accuses Himachal BJP govt of corruption

HPCC President Kaul Singh Thakur blasted the state government for its alleged involvement in corruption and benami land deals, while pointing out that a BJP MP had asked for a "narco test" of the saffron party`s leaders.

Last Updated: May 15, 2011, 00:36 AM IST

Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Congress
Committee (HPCC) President Kaul Singh Thakur on Saturday blasted the
state government for its alleged involvement in corruption and
benami land deals, while pointing out that a BJP MP had asked
for a "narco test" of the saffron party`s leaders.

Talking to media persons here, he ridiculed the BJP
for taking out anti-corruption rallies, conveniently ignoring
the fact that its own governments in Himachal, Uttarkhand and
Karnataka were facing serious corruption charges.

The Bharatiya Janata Party government in Himachal had
been facilitating illegal property deals and besides benami
land transactions, permission for purchase of land by
outsiders was being granted liberally against existing laws,
he claimed.
"The government is promoting realtors, colonisers and
builders who have connived with top functionaries in the
government to circumvent the relevant laws to finalise land
deals," he alleged.

He alleged two ministers were involved in land deals
and were in "hand-in-glove" with land grabbers.
Demanding a blanket ban on developing apartments by
private builders in Shimla town, Kaul Singh said no outsider
should be allowed to buy flats in the state.

Accusing the BJP government of "strangulating" the
Congress controlled Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC), he
said funds were not being provided to SMC by the government
and it had not even prepared the DPR(Detailed project report)
for implementation of schemes under JNNURM for development of
the town.

Congratulating Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and
AICC president Sonia Gandhi over victory in Assam, Kerala and
West Bengal, the HPCC chief said the BJP failed to touch
double-digit score in the elections and yet claimed to be a
national party.

He said crime had increased in the state and law and
order was deteriorating with each passing day.

PTI