Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal Monday claimed that the earlier BJP government posted a better growth and managed states finances more prudently than the past Congress government under Virbhadra Singh,which has a poor and dismal record.
Initiating a debate in the Assembly on the budget,Dhumal,defended his governments action of granting a land lease to yoga guru Baba Ramdevs Patanjli Yogpeeth Trust and sanctioning private universities . If there is any irregularity committed in the lease to Baba Ramdev,the government is free to conduct any inquiry. But the way the property was taken over forcibly by sending police is not a correct way of dealing with people who are investing in the state to generate livelihood for locals. It is also wrong to allege that Indira Holiday Home Trust land was given to Baba Ramdev. It was a 96.3 bigha surplus barren land vested in the government by court orders and was given to Ramdev by charging market value for lease money, he said in the House.