Khanduri may go after corrupt babus
Uttarakhand CM dropped hints of an impending crackdown on members of the previous Congress regime and state bureaucracy who were allegedly involved in a large number of corruption cases, reports Hemendra Singh Bartwal.delhi Updated: Sep 04, 2007 04:52 IST
Buoyed by his impressive victory in the Dhumakot Assembly by-poll which has strengthened his position within the strife-ridden ruling BJP, Uttarakhand Chief Minister B.C.Khanduri on Monday dropped hints of an impending crackdown on members of the previous Congress regime and state bureaucracy who were allegedly involved in a large number of corruption cases.
On a visit to the Capital a day after the by-poll results were declared , he indicated that his government was about to carry out a major expose of over 50 corrupt deals by the Congress regime within this week itself, as soon as he returns to state capital Dehradun.
"The BJP had promised in its election manifesto ( at the time of Assembly poll in February) that within six months of coming to power , it would take action on 56 corruption charges against the Congress government.
There are still three to four days left before that deadline expires.Wait and see what happens after I get back to Dehradun," said the retired Major General who has a reputation for uprightness and a no-nonsense approach even towards his own ministers and party legislators.
Khanduri, who had shrewdly put off action on the contentious issue to avoid a violent backlash by the Congress before the Dhumakot by-poll, which was marred by a bitter campaign of calumny against him, has apparently decided to lose no time in striking back at the opposition party now that he is on a strong wicket.
According to sources in the Uttarakhand Government, there is a strong possibility that the Chief Minister would make public the report of the enquiry committee that was set up under retired bureaucrat Arvind Verma to probe charges of widespread irregularities in allotment of industrial land plots by State Industrial Development Corporation of Uttarakhand Ltd (SIDCUL) under the N.D.Tiwari Government.The committee was constituted soon after he assumed charge as state CM in March this year.