Shimla (Feb 18): Opening its cards after keeping mum for more than a month in the controversy linked with the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinely Dorje, the state unit of Congress party today demanded reviewing all cases of Benami properties in the state and also sought regard and respect for the religious leader, terming him an international dignitary.
Addressing media persons here Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee President Kaul Singh Thakur questioned the government’s role as to why it was only reviewing properties vested with the exiled Tibetan people living in Dharamsala and settled across the state and not Indians owning benami properties in the state.
“Government should reviewed the all Benami properties rather than focusing on the Tibetan only,” Thakur observed. On the issue of Karmapa, Congress leader noted that “he is a spiritual dignitary who has following across the world. Being an international figure we should have respect for him.”
I was dying to hear those words from someone and that ‘messiah of equality’ came in the form of HP Cong Committee. The law should be equal to Tibetans as well as Indians both and all ‘benami’ land deals should be probed and investigated in HP. I have seen non- Himachali Indians from Punjab, Bombay and Delhi buy property around Kangra, Palampur and Manali and they are building big resorts in the middle of a agricultural land and village but nobody bothers to investigate their ‘benami’ acquisition of land in HP. Thank God, HP Cong is now stepping up and doing the right thing. Now, the medias and whole of India will know that Karmapa and Tibetans were only ‘scapegoated’ on this larger controversy of benami deals by rich people from non-HP states.
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