‘Issue-based’ supporter HLP flays Congress govt

Himachal Lokhit Party president Maheshwar Singh Saturday asked the Congress government to take concrete action in all cases of corruption and misuse of power by the earlier BJP government before the upcoming Mandi byelection.

Written by Express News Service | Shimla | Updated: April 14, 2014 2:33:16 pm

Himachal Lokhit Party president Maheshwar Singh Saturday asked the Congress government to take concrete action in all cases of corruption and misuse of power by the earlier BJP government before the upcoming Mandi byelection .

The Sitting Kullu MLA,who claims that his party has extended issue-based support to the government,termed the Skill Development Allowance for unemployed youths between 25 to 35 years of age,as a “farce” and asserted that it will not benefit the educated jobless youths. He asked the government to rethink on the issue and give unemployment allowance to youths as promised in the elections by the congress and also the HLP.

Addressing a press conference,Maheshwa,also announced to oppose the BJP in the Mandi bypoll and admitted that the move naturally will benefit the Congress,which proposes to field CM’s Pratibha Singh as the party candidate.

While not naming Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur,Maheshwar demanded that the government must lodge an FIR against Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) as it has been detected that the government transferred huge tracts of land to this ‘commercial’ organisation in violation of the rules to benefit a particular person (Thakur). A court had already passed the orders for lodging of the case against those who influenced the decision to give land for building a luxury hotel of the HPCA.

The HLP MLA also assailed Food and Supplies Minister GS Bali for not ordering a fresh probe into pulses scam despite having given assurance in the Assembly. “I had placed all facts in the House. I wonder what else the minister needs to order a probe when whole machinery of the government is with him,” he asked.

Singh also conveyed his displeasure over state government’s helplessness to initiate time bound inquiry into all cases of corruption listed in the Congress’s own chargesheet. He recalled HLP having provided proof about scam in purchase of ambulances under NRHM. Here too,the government is silent.

He said the biggest issue was that of illegal phone tapping for which the HLP had met top Congress leaders and Union minister for Parliamentary affairs Kamal Nath. “There has been a blatant violation of the Indian Telegraph Act and Indian Information Technology Act. The government is still sitting over the matter despite having fixed two month’s time frame for the vigilance inquiry,” he said.

He also opposed former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal’s demand for setting up a judicial commission headed by a High Court judge to probe allegations in the Congress chargesheet.

On Himlayan Ski Village project,Maheshwar said he will not budge from his stand. “The project is against the local culture. It is actually a real estate venture and foreign promoters will build 600 chalets,which they will sell to outside people. I had been opposing this project right from beginning and will not change my stance,” he said.

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