Uttarakhand Congress demands CM's resignation over corruption charges

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Dehradun (Uttarakhand), May 6 (ANI): Uttarakhand leader of Opposition and Congress leader Harak Singh Rawat has demanded the resignation of Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank over allegations of corruption in the allotment of a hydro-power project.

Rawat accused the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Government of being corrupt in the allotment of the power project to as many as 56 private companies.

Rawat demanded a probe into the matter and sought Nishank's resignation.

"The State government has resorted to corruption in the hydro-power project. We have been demanding a CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) probe into the matter. The Chief Minister was justifying himself on a national television. We have demanded that he should resign on moral grounds," said Rawat.

He added that the Congress would not allow the State Government to sell the power project to private companies. The power station in question is capable of generating up to 800 Megawatts.

Meanwhile, Nishank said that the process of allotment would only take place after all clearances have been received and Memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed with the companies.

"The 56 companies got power projects on the basis of tender. Only those companies got the tender that were technically sound. After the clearance of objections, MoUs will be signed with the companies," said Nishank.

"I want to repeat that till now, nobody has got even half a megawatt of power," he added.

The Chief Minister further said that that a committee of secretary-level officials has been formed to look into the objections raised over the allotment process.

He added that a committee of Secretary-level officials has been formed to look into the objections raised over the allotment process. (ANI)

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