Budget session begins today, Oppn ready to corner govt on NH scam
Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Indira Hridayesh Wednesday said the Opposition will stage a dharna in the House if a CBI probe was not ordered into the scamdehradun Updated: Jun 07, 2017 20:34 IST
DEHRADUN: The Budget Session of the Uttarakhand assembly beginning Thursday is set to be chaotic with the Opposition Congress ready to corner the BJP government on its flip-flop on the CBI probe into the multi-crore NH-74 scam and slow pace of development.
Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Indira Hridayesh Wednesday said the Opposition will stage a dharna in the House if a CBI probe was not ordered into the scam and the state government does not lay the report of the then Kumaon commissioner on it in the assembly. Hridayesh accused Union minister for roads transport and national highways Nitin Gadkari of trying to protect the corrupt officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
Citing a letter written by Gadkari to chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat in which he said how a CBI probe would affect the morale of NHAI officials, she said, “This shows that the Centre is unwilling to institute a CBI probe into the scam which is tantamount to depriving an elected government of its rights.”
Noting that NHAI officials named in the FIR in connection with the scam have gone to court and the Attorney General is defending them, Hridayesh said instead of bringing to book officials involved in the scam, the state government and the Centre was out to “shield” them.
State Congress president Pritam Singh said they will not let the House function till BJP government comes clean on CBI probe matter.
“The BJP government has not made its stand clear on the issue and is trying to protect the corrupt NHAI and state officials under pressure from Centre. They will have to give reply in the assembly,” he said.
State BJP president Ajay Bhatt, however, said the hue and cry being raised by the Congress over the issue was unnecessary. “The 90-day time the CBI has to begin its investigation into the irregularities is still on and there is no need to despair,” he told reporters.
The Congress would also seek the details of developmental works done by the BJP government in three months that it has been in power. “The new government has not been able to move even an inch forward. Their main achievements are quashing the good works and social welfare schemes started by the previous Congress government. We would like to know the merit behind abandoning those schemes,” said Congress MLA from Rudraprayag Manoj Rawat.
Meanwhile, the Rawat government is likely to table and pass the Lokayukta bill.
“The Lokayukta bill, which was part of our vision document (for the assembly polls), will be introduced and passed by the House during the session,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prakash Pant said.
The Lokayukta bill had been referred to a standing committee of the state assembly during its last session, which has almost finalised its report, he said.
PROHIBITORY ORDERS IN PLACE
The Dehradun district administration Wednesday imposed Section 144 of IPC prohibiting all public protests and assembly in and around 300 metres of the Vidhan Sabha premises. An order issued by district magistrate SA Murugesan said that Section 144 has been clamped as preventive measure to maintain law and order and peace in view of the protests by different groups of people.