A day after the Opposition BJP submitted a chargesheet to governor Urmila Singh, levelling serious allegations against Himachal chief minister Virbhadra Singh and his cabinet colleagues, infuriate transport minister GS Bali on Thursday termed the charges against him as baseless and sought unconditional apology from the saffron party. Failing which, he threatened, would invite legal action.
“The BJP chargesheet is only a reflection of their frustration and despair. They must apologies for levelling baseless allegations against me or should be ready to face a defamation case,” said Bali while addressing a press conference here.
Bali further said troubled over the one-year of successful rule of the Congress party in the state, the BJP had submitted the chargesheet without verifying the facts.
Rubbishing the allegations of purchasing village common land levelled against him, Bali said it was unfortunate that a person (Prem Kumar Dhumal), who had headed the state twice, had sketchy knowledge based on inaccurate information.
“The land I had purchased was never vested with panchayat, and the possession of the land was recorded in the revenue records,” said Bali, adding the transfer of such land is admissible under the Himachal Pradesh Vesting of Land and Utilisation Act 1974. According to the rules, a person could sale, mortgage or gift such lands, he clarified.
Elaborating on details of the land purchase, Bali said: “We had purchased the land from Nalini Singh and Rajinder Kaur, who are associated to the Patiala royal family. And, the sale deed was registered when the BJP was in power.”
“Were the then revenue officials unaware of the law that allowed the transfer of the land,” questioned Bali.
“As far as grinding of wheat is concerned, the decision about it is taken at the director level,” said Bali.
Accusing the saffron party of working with political malice, Bali said in its previous regime too, the BJP had initiated several inquiries against him, but failed to prove an allegation.
Bali challenged the leader of opposition, Prem Kumar Dhumal, to come out with a single instance of corruption against his department or quit politics. “If he could find a single instance of corruption, I will quit,” said Bali.
Determined to expose the misdeeds of the previous BJP regime, Bali said he would soon hold a conference at Shimla or Hamripur, where he would come out with facts and proofs to expose corruption charges against BJP leaders.
“They have pointed a finger at me and put a question mark on my credibility; no one will be spared. I will file a defamation suit against all the signatories of the chargesheet and also against those who were present when it was submitted to the governor,” said Bali.