The present Himachal Pradesh government has failed to get any relief from the central government for the colossal damage the state got during the ongoing rains, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said today.
Mr. Dhumal was addressing media persons in opposition langue after addressing a protest rally outside assembly complex today.
“The government is just be-fooling the public by saying that the centre is extending financial help to the state to start relief and rescue work”, he said. He added, “But so far not even a penny has been received by the state”.
He also said that the Congress party has made just a fashion of giving ‘vague’ statement during any election that the central government has extended thousands of crores to the states for development. “This type of campaign is going on in all NDA-ruled states just to mislead the local people”, Dhumal said.
In this series, he said, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced in the state’s assembly elections that the centre had released Rs.10,000 crores to the state. “It was aimed to be-fool the public during the Vidhan Sabha elections”, he said.
Taking a jibe at the state government, Mr. Dhumal said after coming into power the Congress cabinet ministers visited Delhi, seeking special packages for the state. “But so far not even a penny has come from the centre”, he said.
Mr. Dhumal said, “The state is in financial crunch and all ministers are busy in their publicity campaigns. The government is vindictive and busy in registering false cases against their political rivals.” He added that the Congress government, in eight months of its regime, registered more than a dozen cases against political opponents.
Reacting to Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh’s assertions that the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association is a fraud, Mr. Dhumal said that no irregularities was committed by his government in the allotment of land to it.
“The land has been given to the HPCA from the land allotment pool as per the provisions in the land allotment act. Only three hectares of land is in the procession of the HPCA”, he said.
A cheating and misappropriation case was registered this month against the HPCA, a cricket body controlled by BJP MP Anurag Thakur, who is son of Mr. Dhumal. The case was relating to alleged wrongdoings in the allotment of land to the HPCA by the previous BJP regime for constructing a players’ residential complex near its stadium in Dharamsala, some 250 km from here.
“The Chief Minister is giving statements on the HPCA on the inputs being provided by the state vigilance. He is behaving like an investigator, prosecutor and a judge”, Mr. Dhumal said.