Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday criticised the previous Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in the state for “looting” the exchequers and accused the party of being involved in many scandals and controversies. The chief minister, who was on a day-long visit to Hamirpur, said this while addressing a public meeting at Gandhi Chowk here.
Virbhadra was, earlier in the day given a warm welcome by the locals and he also took part in a procession.
About the new sports bill, the chief minister said, “The new bill aims at releasing sports associations from the clutches of unscrupulous elements, who have been holding these bodies for their benefits.” He added that the new bill would democratise the functioning of the sports associations and make them accountable for several sports performances.
While lashing out at Hamirpur MP and BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur, who leads Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), he said that the association members had grabbed the government land worth crores in Dharamsala for construction a five-star hotel and a stadium.
He added that HPCA was registered as Himalayan Players Cricket Association in Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and after flouting norms it was again registered under the company Act in Chandigarh. “The association, which is meant to boost the sports activities of the budding players, has been converted into a company that is benefiting only a few people,” he said, adding that he wished to know how the players were given a chance to play in the Ranji Trophy matches after the HPCA was formed.
The chief minister also advised the BJP leaders to “learn decency” from their own leader and former union minister Shanta Kumar, with whom Virbhadra shared cordial relations.
He also said that maximum development in Hamirpur was brought during the Congress regime.
Earlier, the CM dedicated additional multi-complex of circuit house, completed at a cost of `3.20 crore. He also inaugurated an office of chief engineer, PWD, constructed at a cost of `3.41 crore, besides inaugurating three-storey complex of Ayurveda Hospital, which has been completed at a cost of `3.92 crore. He also dedicated a rest house at Chheorin, which will be constructed with an outlay of `1.08 crore.
The chief minister laid foundation stone of an additional block (science lab) of the Government Girls Senior Secondary School, to be constructed at `1.31 crore; Panchayat Bhawan at Salasi, which will cost `2.40 crore and that a bridge over Ghori Nullah, to be constructed at `55.30 lakh.