The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttarakhand and the Opposition Congress seem to be engaged in a vigorous blame game with both camps hurling allegations of scams at each other and staging vociferous demonstrations at various places in the State over the past two months.

The latest verbal duel started on Tuesday with the senior BJP leader Ravindra Jugran seeking a judicial probe into the alleged grabbing of about 100 bighas of land in Sahaspur near here by the Leader of Opposition Harak Singh Rawat. Mr Jugran was reacting to Mr Rawat urging the State Government to order a CBI probe into the affair as allegations of a land grab against his wife were false.

“Only a judicial probe could unravel the truth as the CBI probe sought by Mr Rawat would not be effective as the investigating agency was being used as the ‘Congress Bureau of Investigations' by the Congress at the Centre”, Mr Jugran said.

Refuting the charge Mr Rawat said that the said land had been legally purchased by his wife long ago. It may be mentioned that the Congress leaders have been seeking a CBI probe into the alleged land scam of Rishikesh and short listing of members of a cartel for allotment of several power generation projects. Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has time and again stated that no law had been flouted in these cases.

‘Hurling allegations merely to create confusion at a time when all parties should be pooling energies for development activity seems to be cheap ploy of the Congress which feels distressed at the rising popularity of the BJP', Mr Nishank said.