Even as the issue of setting up the permanent campus of the Central University of Himachal Pradesh remains a bone of contention between the ruling Congress party led state government and the opposition BJP, leaders of various political parties from Shahpur demanded the campus be located in their area.
Addressing a public meeting in Lunj, former minister Vijai Singh Mankotia, who is vice-chairman of the tourism development board, said the university should be set up in Shahpur as it was functioning at a temporary campus in the area since its inception.
He was backed by Shahpur MLA and former BJP minister Sarveen Chaudhary, who also reiterated the demand. The state government has already decided to set up the permanent campus in Dharamsala.
Meanwhile, addressing a public meeting, Chief Minister Virbadra Singh announced a government degree college would be established in the Lunj area would be named after the first president of India, Rajendera Prasad. He also said a science block would be constructed at the Government Senior Secondary School in Lunj.
Describing his government as “liberal”, Virhadra said: “I have always had respect for all opposition leaders and I give a patient hearing to their genuine demands, irrespective of their party and allegiance. There is no place for regionalism and the government has worked for the development and integrity of the state.”
Among those present on the occasion were transport minister GS Bali, Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma, MLA Yadvinder Goma, Chairman OBC Finance and Development Corporation Chander Kumar and vice-chairman of the forest corporation Kewal Singh Pathania.
CM addresses public in Dari
Chief minister Virbhadra Singh underscored the need to ensure public participation in making Himachal Pradesh a “developed and vibrant” state. “The government has implemented various policies and programmes for all-round growth of the state and the desired results cannot be achieved without the active participation of the masses,” he said while addressing a gathering in Dari near Dharamsala after inaugurating a new government school building.
Virbhadra also announced a new primary health center would be set up in Mandal village and the government high school in Ghaniara would be upgraded to a senior secondary school. He also announced a new primary health centre would be opened in Mandal village in the area.