Former chief minister and leader of opposition Bharatiya Janata Party Prem Kumar Dhumal on Saturday accused the state government of “misusing” Section 118 of the Himachal Pradesh Tenancy and Land Reforms Act, 1972.
He alleged, “It was the Congress, not BJP, which put Himachal Pradesh on sale.”
In a statement issued here on Saturday, Dhumal alleged that the state government had recently leased out the land of a temple trust to an individual from Punjab, adding, “People of the state will now decide who is building relations with Punjab.” Earlier, the Congress had accused Dhumal of favoring the people of Punjab.
Drawing a parallel between the previous regimes of Congress and BJP, Dhumal said 1,649 permissions were given under Section 118, amounting to 14,500 bighas during the previous BJP regime, while in its previous tenure, the Congress gave 2,398 permission for 18,500 bighas.
Dhumal added that as far as the development of the state was concerned, the BJP government had “set milestones” in the development of the state, and the government had been conferred 86 awards, most of them by the Congress-led UPA government.
Hitting out at the Congress, he alleged that development projects across the state were held up as the government was busy indulging in “vendetta politics”.
Training his guns on chief minister Virbhadra Singh, Dhumal said the CM had said he would not reply to any question about his “corrupt activities”. “Virbhadra is hiding the truth from the people of the state,” said Dhumal. “According to the CM, no one has the right to speak about his corrupt activities, while he has the right to indulge in them,” he alleged.