Himachal BJP promises probe into scams

Staff Correspondent

Assures of CBI enquiries into fertilizer scam, Bamsan water scheme

CD scandal allegedly involving the Chief Minister will also be probed

SHIMLA: Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader Prem Kumar Dhumal said here on Sunday that if voted to power he would order a CBI inquiry into the fertilizer scam and a forensic enquiry into the case of the audio CD in which Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and his wife are allegedly heard asking for money.

He was speaking to reporters after being named BJP’s chief ministerial candidate.

Mr. Dhumal released copies of the forensic report of the hard disc, sent by the Congress Government for investigations, in connection with an alleged job scandal that took place during his regime. He claimed that the report had made it clear that no file or document pertaining to recommendations for appointments by the Service Selection Board, Hamirpur, was found. He challenged the Chief Minister to produce concrete evidence against him.

He also promised a CBI enquiry into the cost escalation of the Bamsan water scheme in Hamirpur, the Chief Minister’s home district, to Rs.95 crore from Rs.48 crore. He alleged that Mr. Singh deliberately delayed the scheme by at least four years.

Mr. Dhumal praised Mr. Shanta Kumar for quietly agreeing to his candidature, and denied any factionalism in the party. He said he would influence the rebels to withdraw their nominations in the larger interest of party unity.

The revolt was expected as 570 candidates applied for 65 seats in the Assembly. On the impact of Bahujan Samaj Party candidates, he said the State was polarised between two political dispensations. A third party’s progress could only harm the Congress. The Janata Dal in 1990 and the Himachal Vikas Congress in 1998 had done grave damage only to the Congress.

He claimed that the BJP was headed for a record victory and would form the government on its own.

The Congress claims of a massive development in the State were farcical. Only property dealers and middlemen flourished in the Virbhadra regime.

The industrial package given by the former Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, was not properly utilised by the State and it was rather shamefully reduced during the Congress regime, he alleged.

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