Dehradun: The Congress on Tuesday claimed its
stand had been vindicated by Uttarakhand High Court`s decision
to cancel the order allowing a housing project in Rishikesh by
changing the land use pattern and demanded the sacking of BJP
government for the alleged irregularities.
Hitting back at the opposition, the BJP government
claimed that the High Court verdict had not only given a clean
chit to it and Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank but
had also proved that the allegations levelled by the
opposition parties were "politically motivated".
Leader of Opposition in state assembly Harak Singh
Rawat said the verdict has proved that the allegations of
corruption and irregularities against the BJP government were
"I urge Governor Margaret Alva to dismiss Ramesh
Pokhariyal Nishank government as the court`s order has
proved that the allegations against it are correct," the
Congress leader said.
The issue of change of land use pattern of 30 acres of
land of Citurgia Biochemicals, a sick industrial unit at
Rishikesh, sparked a controversy in March this year with the
opposition led by Congress disrupting the assembly proceedings
accusing Nishank of giving undue favour to Sturdia Developers
in violation of laws and demanding a CBI inquiry.
Chairman of BJP`s State Media Advisory Committee
Devendra Bhasin today said the state government`s direction
was based on a decision by the previous Congress government
led by N D Tiwari which said the order of Board for Industrial
and Financial Reconstruction (BIFR) was binding on the
And the court has cancelled the subsequent decisions
taken on the basis of the Congress government`s decision, he
said, adding the allegations against the present state
government and its Chief Minister were baseless and wrong.
"The allegations were guided by sheer ill-will and
were politically motivated," he added
Rejecting the demand for a CBI probe, Uttarakhand
government had maintained that the land use pattern was
changed as per the recommendations of BIFR.