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Newspaper ad puts Khanduri in tough spot

A controversy of sorts has erupted over an advertisement of ex-Uttarakhand CM BC Khanduri that had appeared in several dailies.

Written by Express News Service | Dehradun |
July 2, 2009 4:25:43 pm

A controversy of sorts has erupted over an advertisement of former Uttarakhand Chief Minister BC Khanduri that had appeared in several dailies on June 27. Stating that Khanduri in the capacity of the Chief Minister had got the advertisement released through the Directorate of Information and Public Relations (DIPR) even after Dr Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank had taken the oath as the new Chief Minister,Congress leader Dhirendra Pratap has decided to approach the office of the state Lokayukta.

The advertisement was a sign off by Khanduri in which he had outlined the achievements of his government and had underlined the progressive measures taken by him for the development of the state.

A member of the All India Congress Committee,Pratap has given a letter in this respect to both the office of the Lokayukta and the Chief Minister. “Since I could not meet the Lokayukta today,I have submitted a letter to his secretary. I intend to meet him soon and file a proper case in this matter,” said Pratap.

“If Khanduri wanted to address the people of the state,he could have addressed a press conference rather than wasting public money from the state exchequer. On one side our state government is always approaching the centre for monetary help and on the other hand it goes around wasting money,” he said.

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Pratap has demanded that Khanduri should tender a public apology for his act since he had no right to give such an advertisement when a new Chief Minister had taken over. Secondly,he should pay for the advertisement from his own pocket rather than the government funds.

“I also demand that a model code of conduct be brought about for former Chief Ministers so that they do not misuse public funds,” he added.

Pratap said that he wanted to take up the matter with the Governor but the latter did not give him an appointment on account of the Presidential visit to the state from July 3.

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