Accusing the BJP government in Himachal Pradesh of spending public money for hosting two IPL matches, opposition Congress on Tuesday demanded an explanation on the expenditure of Rs three crore for facelift of Dharamshala for the occasion, a charge rubbished by the government.
State Congress president Kaul Singh Thakur told reporters he has sought the details from Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on the amount spent for the purpose.
Two IPL matches were hosted by Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) headed by Anurag Thakur, MP and son of Chief Minister Dhumal, at Dharamshala on April 16 and April 18.
Alleging that a government helicopter was misused for ferrying VIPs for the matches, Thakur also sought details of the flights of the government chopper from Dharamshala to Delhi and the VIPs who were on board.
The HPCC chief also wanted details of donations given by various industrial houses and management of various hydel projects for the IPL matches at Dharamshala.
He alleged some of members of the HPCA including its life members have bought 'benami' land in the state. "This aspect should also be inquired into," he demanded.
Thakur also questioned why the government did not recovered the expenses incurred for the security arrangements of the team members during their stay at Dharamshala like other state governments did.
The Congress' charge comes in the midst of allegations of financial irregularities being probed against IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.
Rubbishing the allegations, an official spokesman said the state government had received a request from Deputy Commissioner, Kangra, in the last financial year to allocate additional funds of Rs 3 crore under state development plan (SDP) for creating various amenities and infrastructure in and around Dharamhsala as a preparatory measure to facilitate tourists and spectators for the IPL matches.