Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal criticised the state government over repeated amendments in section 118 of HP Tenancy and Land Reforms Act.
Dhumal was addressing mediapersons prior to honour Mandi district and Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) cricket players of under 16, 19 and senior categories at a function in Mandi.
He said that during the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government's tenure of 2007-12, the Congress party leaders repeatedly blamed the BJP for amending the section 118 and selling out state lands to outsiders.
“Few leaders of the Congress party even claimed that the BJP had sold out more than one lakh bigha government land, but failed to prove an inch of their tall claims since they regained power in the state in December 2012,” said Dhumal.
He said that the Congress now not only amending the act but diluting section 118 in such a way that the government can 'sell out' lands through a single window and within a few hours of exercise of fulfilling the formalities.
“It was not the BJP that sold out the government land, it is the Congress which is preparing to sell out Himachal Pradesh,” he said.
Former chief minister further said that the Congress leaders now-a-days are fighting to set the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in their respective areas and their fight has entered in the Vidhan Sabha, but these leaders have forgotten to show gratitude to the BJP-led Central government for providing premier institutes to the state.
He said that to avoid 'shameful' infighting among Congress leaders over opening up of these institutes, the Centre should decide the venue of its own.
However, Dhumal supported opening up of the AIIMS in his home district Hamirpur and said that Hamirpur had no prominent health institution or hospital.
Dhumal further pointed out one-and-half-year term of the Congress party-led state government a failure. He said that the state government had failed to add a single stone of development and failed to submit a single detail project report (DPR) of any developmental project.
He said that state government was taking credit of the development projects initiated by the BJP government during its regime.
Dhumal also alleged that state government was trying to close private polytechnic and engineering colleges in the state. The students of the state have been forced to take admission in neighbouring state by paying hefty fees, he added.