‘Diversionary tactic,will pay back Dhumal in the same coin’

Faced with fresh charges of land violations involving his close relatives,former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Friday denied granting any favours to his in-laws,including brother-in-law Arun Sen,in their purported land sale to the real estate giant DLF company for a multi-crore apartment project in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Published: October 20, 2012 6:24:26 am

Faced with fresh charges of land violations involving his close relatives,former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Friday denied granting any favours to his in-laws,including brother-in-law Arun Sen,in their purported land sale to the real estate giant DLF company for a multi-crore apartment project in Himachal Pradesh’s Solan district.

He blamed the ruling BJP in the state for levelling corruption charges against him.

“It is a diversionary tactic applied by (Chief Minister Prem Kumar) Dhumal,(Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha) Arun Jaitely and (Dhumal’s son and hamirpur MP) Anurag Thakur. They have hatched a conspiracy to malign me by getting so-called scams and corruption issues highlighted through media,particularly electronic channels,in the run up to the Himachal polls,” he said while replying to media queries here.

Virbhadra said since he had been raising issue of lack of development in the last five years of the Dhumal regime,“Dhumal and his associates have now chosen to defame me” over alleged corruption charges. “The new charges about me having granted favours to my in-laws by granting them exceptions to sell their land to the DLF is another attempt at a fabricated case against me,” he said.

“Let me tell you,I am going to pay him (Dhumal) in the same coin on return to power. He (CM) can’t cow me down or break my resolve to oust him from the power,” the former CM said.

Virbhadra had earlier come under the BJP attack on Rs 2.28 crore pay off by Ispat Industries during the period when he was Union minister for steel. He had offered himself for a probe.

On Thursday his role as a CM during 2003-2007 also came under scanner when the issue of having granted relaxation under Section 118 of HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act to DLF for an apartment project in Solan surfaced. It has been alleged that Virbhadra’s brother-in-law and a Congress leader,Arun Sen had struck a deal with the company for the project.

Virbhadra added that he would take a legal recourse against the private news channel,which had aired the controversy.

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