Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on Sunday took on the BJP by saying that instead of focusing on real issues, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was to defending Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association and its president Anurag Thakur, who is also the son of former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.
Sukhu, who was addressing the media at the Congress' state headquarters Rajiv Bhawan, said the HPCA was a private organisation and the BJP was protecting it “inside and outside”.
Citing the BVP's boycott of the assembly's budget session, he said, “It was the first time in history that the entire budget session was boycotted. The BJP did not raise any issues in the House.”
Posing a question, Sukhu said, “BJP should clarify why it is so keen to protect HPCA, which was earlier a cooperative body and later was converted to a private company,”
He said land was leased out to the HPCA for the benefit of the state's people. “If the HPCA is a private limited company, then it should have purchased the land instead of asking for lease,” he said.
On the prosecution sanction against former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal in the HPCA case, he said it was not vendetta politics, but investigating agencies were doing its job.
“So far, the HPCA case was being investigated and the probe prosecution sanction was sought after that,” he said, “Only those who did wrong are raising the finger on prosecution sanction”.
Sukhu went on to claim that of the 25 lifetime members of the HPCA, 21 belonged to one particular family. He said the HPCA would be a major poll issue in the Lok Sabha elections.
Sukhu said the party would intensify campaigning, especially in Hamirpur, in the coming days. He added that Anurag Thakur had spent more time in Mumbai and Dubai, instead of visiting his Lok Sabha segment. “People will ask this question from the BJP nominee,” he added.