Cong targets govt,Jaypee group over ‘land transfer’

A day before Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma’s rally at Palampur,Congress MLA GS Bali on Monday accused the BJP government of ‘illegally transferring’ stakes of Vivekanand Trust to the Jaypee group - a leading private power company .

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published: April 10, 2012 1:01 am

A day before Union Minister for Commerce and Industry Anand Sharma’s rally at Palampur,Congress MLA GS Bali on Monday accused the BJP government of ‘illegally transferring’ stakes of Vivekanand Trust to the Jaypee group – a leading private power company .

“The trust – headed by senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar- was transferred nearly 300 kanals of the land by the state government for setting up of a super specialty hospital and a medical college. But,at Shanta Kumar’s behest,the state government has roped in Jaypee group to complete the multi-crore project unilaterally,” Bali claimed.

Addressing the media,the former minister said that “since nine out of 15 trust members are from the Jaypee company,the government has committed serious violation of section 118,which debars non-Himachali and non-agriculturalists to own land.”

The Congress,he said,is examining the case and may take a legal recourse to save such the “land from being diverted.”

He also rejected Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal’s claim that the Congress was not serious and non-cooperative about getting the new Lokayukta Bill passed by the assembly. He said,CM should be blamed for the Congress staying out of the House as Dhumal failed to take note of the Opposition’s protest against Health Minister Rajeev Bindal.

“The Congress had boycotted Binal and it was CM’s duty to intervene and reply to the issues,specially that on the affairs of Vivekanand Trust,listed during the question hour,” Bali said.

The Congress leader said his party,on return to power,would enact a strong Lokayukta as the existing Bill gives total control to the CM,who can’t be prosecuted without the sanction of the state Assembly even if the Lokayukta has indicted him.

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