Decision to Give Land to HCPA Taken in Larger Interest of State: Dhumal

Decision to Give Land to HCPA Taken in Larger Interest of State: Dhumal

Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister P K Dhumal today refuted the allegation of Congress leader Jairam Ramesh of denting state exchequer Rs 100 crore by leasing land to HPCA at low rate and justified the decision of his government to give prime land to the HPCA for developing the cricket stadium at Dharamshala.

Talking to mediapersons at Hamirpur, he denied the allegations of "land grab" as contrary to facts and untrue and claimed that the decision was taken in the "larger interest" of the state and the people

Dubbing all those opposing the decision as "anti-sports", Dhumal said they have no love and affection for the people of the state and never wanted the state to flourish and come on the international cricket map.

He claimed that Himachal had come up on the international cricket map after the construction of Dhauladhar stadium in the lap of Himalayas.

It had also provided jobs and other monetary benefits to the people of Dharamshala and its surrounding areas and people at large were happy with the starting of cricket activities at Dharamshala, he claimed.

He said that not only Jairam Ramesh but also the Chief Minister, VB Singh had raised this issue time and again and had "framed cases" against him, his son, Anurag Thakur, MP and other office bearers of the HP state cricket association.

He said that since the issue was subjudice, he was not going to say more about this.

Dhumal claimed that he had committed no sin and as such he was not afraid of any complaint lodged by leaders of the Congress party or other parties.

"I have full faith in the judiciary and whatever the decision of the court in this case and other related cases, it would be binding on all including me," he said.

Yesterday Ramesh had accused Dhumal and his son and BJP MP Anurag Thakur of denting state exchequer Rs 100 crore by leasing out 16-acre of land to HPCA at an annual rate of Rs 12, a charge which was denied by the association and Thakur.

Talking about the phone tapping issue during his regime, he said that in 2009 too V B Singh had levelled this allegation and at that time he had written to the then Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) to hold  a high level inquiry from a central government agency but no action was taken.

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