Dhumal now prods Centre on BBMB issue



Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Tuesday opened up another front against the Union government, alleging discriminating in settlement of the state’s share in properties and assets under the Punjab Reorganization Act (PRA). Dhumal claimed that while the Supreme Court had ordered the Centre for summoning a meeting with related states to sort out the matter within a period of three months, the latter filed a ‘false’ affidavit before the court stating that final decision had taken place to settle state’s claim.

Dhumal said that the state had sacrificed its fertile land for BBMB projects, but it did not get its due share of 10.19 percent free power. “The Union government had earlier been claiming that the issue could not be tackled due to terrorism in Punjab, but now when the matter is before the court, it took a different stand by filing an affidavit, which is contradictory to its earlier correspondence and progress of meeting between concerned parties,” the CM said.

Keeping in view the latest development the state government has written a letter to the Union government to immediately summon a meeting according to Supreme Court’s directions, to settle its claims in PAC including its share in BBMP project, Dhumal disclosed. He hoped that if the Center failed to deliver justice by convening a meeting of related states to sort out the issue across the table, the Supreme Court would decide the case filed by state government in its favour.

Editor: Johar Singh

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