Jubbal-Kotkhai Cong unit corners Bragta

Eight Congress leaders from the party’s Jubbal-Kotkhai unit on Sunday accused Horticulture Minister Narinder Bragta of interfering in the allotment of tenders to his favourite contractors,who have not only failed to complete the development works but also ensure quality.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published:October 10, 2011 12:04 am

Eight Congress leaders from the party’s Jubbal-Kotkhai unit on Sunday accused Horticulture Minister Narinder Bragta of interfering in the allotment of tenders to his favourite contractors,who have not only failed to complete the development works but also ensure quality.

Bragta is the sitting MLA from Jubbal-Kotkhai — a constituency earlier represented by former chief minister Thakur Ram Lal and briefly by Union Minister Virbhadra Singh.

“There is a direct nexus between the minister and the contractors’ lobby,which has caused a huge loss to the state exchequer by doing sub-standard works. The process of allotment of tenders has been unfair and lacked transparency,” said Ramesh Chauhan,president of the local Block Congress Committee.

Joined by seven other party leaders,Chauhan said that works worth more than Rs 100 crore related to irrigation schemes and drinking water supplies have been delayed. “The minister,instead of fixing the responsibility on the contractors and BJP middlemen,has started victimising the officials,” he added.

While demanding an independent probe into the matter,the leaders added: “If the BJP government fails to inquire into the scam,the Congress on its return to power,will hold a detailed inquiry and bring the corrupts to justice.”

Bragta,however,denied all charges. Accusing the Congress leaders of making baseless allegations,Bragta said that “their frustration was a result of record development in the area”.

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