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Congress asks Advani to clear stand on corruption in Himachal

Days ahead of the planned arrival of his Jan Chetna Yatra rath in Himachal Pradesh,the All India Congress Committee general secretary and party in-charge for the state Birender Singh asked senior BJP leader LK Advani to clear his stand on corruption in the Prem Kumar Dhumal government in state,which,he alleged,is involved in “brokering “ land deals.

Days ahead of the planned arrival of his Jan Chetna Yatra rath in Himachal Pradesh,the All India Congress Committee general secretary and party in-charge for the state Birender Singh asked senior BJP leader LK Advani to clear his stand on corruption in the Prem Kumar Dhumal government in state,which,he alleged,is involved in “brokering “ land deals.

“Since Advani has claimed that the Jan Chetna Yatra has been undertaken to highlight corruption in the country,he should also ponder over the Himachal Pradesh government,which has broken all previous records (of corruption). Illegal sale of land to outsiders that has made farmers landless,and brokering the deals has become a business for the BJP men. Solan district is worst affected by these deals and scams,” Birender said.

Advani’s yatra will enter Punjab on November 13 from Bathinda and cross over to Himachal Pradesh on November 16.

He was talking to the media after holding a meeting with senior Congress leaders at Parwanoo to chart out party’s poll strategy for the byelections to Nalagarh and Renuka assembly seats.

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Senior congress leaders including the PCC president,Kaul Singh Thakur,CLP leader Vidya Stokes,AICC secretary Asha Kumari,former ministers and sitting MLAs attended the meeting. The AICC leader also held a separate meeting with the media cell of the PCC and gave them tips to build a media campaign against the BJP in the run up to the bypolls and the assembly polls scheduled next year.

“The Congress will have to prove its standing amongst the people and ensure that the BJP gets a blow in the bypolls,” Birender said.

The AICC general secretary appointed former Speaker Gangu Ram Musafir and district Congress president Harshwardan Chauhan as party in-charge for the Renuka bypoll while former minister Ram Lal Thakur and MLA Sujan Singh Pathania will be in-charge for Nalagarh bypoll.

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