Former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Saturday challenged the state government to come with a white paper on the fiscal health of Himachal Pradesh, including debt on the state.
In a press statement issued here, Dhumal said chief minister Virbhadra Singh should present appropriate facts regarding fiscal health of the state before the people instead of making false statements.
"He should come out with white paper on this issue so that truth could come out and he should tender apology for misleading the people of the state," Dhumal said.
He added that Virbhadra Singh during his speech is misleading the people by presenting wrong figures relating financial condition of the state. "Being chief minister, he should not think that he has right to lie in public meetings," Dhumal said.
He said loan was first taken by the Congress government only. According to the government statistics, the state was under debt of Rs 1,870 crore in 1993 and it was Rs 5,885 crore in 1998. "Virbhadra Singh came back to power in 2003 and in his tenure from 2003 to 2008 he took loan of Rs 8,632 crore."
Comparing the present rule with BJP's previous government, Dhumal said, "From 2009 to 2013, government took loan of Rs 6,672 while in one year rule of the Congress, it has taken loan of Rs 3,500 crore."