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Chief Minister blames BJP for playing divisive politics Chief Minister blames BJP for playing divisive politics Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh turned table on opposition BJP today indicating that he was implicated in false cases on behest of its leaders. Mr. Singh who was addressing a public gathering in his assembly segment in this district alleged that BJP leaders of this hill state had always indulged in playing divisive politics. Charging saffron party for tactic he said that its leaders were trying to implicate him in false cases. Expressing confidence that recent CBI probe would not damage him at all stating that rather than harming his reputation these cases made me stronger, octogenarian leader asserted. ”I am sure that propaganda and cheap tactics would not last longer as truth prevails in the end” he said adding that citizens of this nation are well educated and would not become an easy prey of such tactics. Advising BJP leaders to shun mean character assassination Mr. Singh said they should accept the truth that incumbent congress rule is committed for all-round and speedy development of the entire state. Chief minister charged that his government had lodged cases against State Cricket Association led by BJP member of Lok Sabha from Hamirpur Mr. Anurag Thakur as during last BJP rule valuable land worth crores of rupees was handed over to the cricket body to raise five star hotels and cricket stadium at Dharamsala. Mr. Singh said that this land was shown barren after axing hundreds of trees standing on it. Overnight HPCA was converted to a company comprising of 25 members most of them are kith and kin of the former Chief Minsiter Prem Kumar Dhumal. He has demanded that HPCA should be registered under the co-operative act.

Mrs. Pratibha Singh meets union civil aviation minister Mr. Ajit Singh

Mandi member of Parliament Mrs. Pratibha Singh demanded the restoration of original runway length of 4100 feet (1189 meters ,width 23 meters) at Shimla airport. She told that the effective length of the airport has been reduced to 3800 feet because of soil erosion.

She demanded a sum of Rs. 142.70 crore for restoration of basic strip and arresting the soil erosion at the airport. She told that a feasibility study in this regard was conducted by IIT Roorkee and meeting in this regard was also held in the Ministry of Civil Aviation but no action was taken, which is a matter of concern for the state government.

She told that Airport Authority of India has recently engaged M/S Rites as consultant for exploring measures for restoration and widening of the airstrip of the runway as well as to prevent soil erosion. She requested the union minister Mr. Ajit Singh to direct airport authority of India to take up restoration works at the earliest and also requested him to release the funds for its restoration.

Mrs. Pratibha Singh requested the union minister to order the  pre-feasibility survey for the Kandaghat green field airport. She demanded more flights from Shimla, Kullu and Kangra airports as to meet the demands of the high end tourists and the visiting dignitaries in the state. She also demanded the introduction of private airlines services at all airports in the state which could provide cheap and economical air tickets to the air travelers who frequently visit the state.

She demanded central subsidy on  air services in the state on the pattern of north east states keeping in view of the similar topography and geography of the state and said that Himachal Pradesh also falls in this special category and center should extend all the  incentives to Himachal Pradesh which are being provided to the special category states of north east states . She demanded more air strips and air services in tribal area of the state to explore the immense tourism potential in the snow bound areas which can be developed as adventure tourism sites and heritage tourism sites in the state.

Union Minister Sh. Ajit Singh assured her that central government will take positive view of her demands and an immediate action will be taken in case of the restoration of air strip at Shimla airport.

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