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Centre discriminating against Himachal: Dhumal

chandigarh Updated: Aug 14, 2012 15:37 IST

Himachal Pradesh chief minister (CM) Prem Kumar Dhumal on Tuesday alleged that the Centre had been discriminating against the state by depriving it of the share in power projects built on its territory through central assistance and grants.

It was an irony, he said, that Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan were made the beneficiary states in BSL, Bhakra and Pong Dam projects while Himachal, where these projects were built, was robbed of its 'just and rightful' share.

Addressing a news conference here, Dhumal expressed his gratitude to the apex court for delivering justice to the state following long legal and political battle.

He said it was agonising that the beneficiary states were creating hurdles in implementing Supreme Court's decision by adopting an 'evasive attitude'.

He held the UPA government responsible for all the injustice perpetrated against the state over the past six decades. He said the Centre/beneficiary states filed an affidavit in the apex court that there was no need to give any share in power projects to Himachal.

He declared that the BJP would leave no stone unturned in spreading the message of 'discrimination' to every household of the Pradesh.

Quoting other instances of step-motherly treatment being meted out to the hill state, Dhumal recalled that former Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee had sanctioned a ten-year economic package to the state which was curtailed by the Congress government to seven years.

In contrast, UPA government doled out an economic package of Rs 50,000 crore to UP government as a prize for votes in the presidential election. Showering of such favours at the cost of the state exchequer for retaining power was prima-facie 'unethical and unjustified', he said.

Beside this, inadequate supplies of food grains, edible oils, sugar etc were other instances of discrimination with the state.

He lamented that despite the fact that the largest number of soldiers who laid down their lives in wars were from HP, the quota of soldiers from state had been reduced despite the pleas and protest repeatedly conveyed to the ministry of defence.