BJP’s chief ministerial candidate for the Himachal Pradesh elections, Prem Kumar Dhumal, slapped a legal notice on Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday for his ‘land-grabbing’ remarks during a poll rally at Chamba as well as in Nagrota Bhagwan on November 6.
Dhumal, in his three-page notice, asked Gandhi to tender a public apology by November 9 – the day the state goes to polls – for his remarks or face criminal defamation.
During his speech on November 6, Gandhi said, “Dhumal ne sarkari zameen ko harpa isliye unke bete Anurag Thakur ko BCCI se hatya gaya (Dhumal grabbed government land and that’s why his son Anurag Thakur was removed from BCCI).” Gandhi also quoted media reports with headlines that said “Modi ne utari Himachal ki topi, Dhumal ne harpi zameen”.
Dhumal’s lawyer Sudhir Thakur said any delay on part of Gandhi in tendering an apology would be deemed to be deliberate and intentional and would “confirm your (Rahul Gandhi) malafide intention to tarnish the reputation of Dhumal”. Dhumal is contesting elections from Sujanpur.
Dhumal said Gandhi’s charges were totally false and was meant to damage his reputation before the elections. “The allegations have more significance in view of the fact that my client is BJP’s chief ministerial candidate in the elections,” the notice said.