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BJP demands CBI probe into corruption charges'

Written by: Staff

Shimla, Oct 28: The Himachal Pradesh unit of the BJP today demanded a CBI inquiry into the charges of corruption levelled by their party against the state government and said their stand had been vindicated by state ADGP Mr Thind's arrest at Chandigarh yesterday.

''Our charge sheet against the state government, submitted to state Governor V S Kokje on March 6, earlier this year, has been vindicated by Mr Thind's arrest,'' state party president Suresh Bhardwaj said at a press conference here.

He said their party's allegations should be probed by the CBI since they were now being corroborated by the arrest of the senior police officer's arrest and suspension of other corrupt Irrigation and Public Health (IPH) officials.

Besides, taking action against the corrupt officials, the political heads of the departments should also be held responsible and accountable for the deeds of their officials, he said.

Referring to similar charges against State Food and Civil Supplies Minister Singhi Ram, he said they have been substantiated by his own family member at a press conference here recently.

He said Mr Ram was also threatening BJP leader at Rampur, Brij Lal, who had contested assembly elections against him, for helping his kin raise the corruption issue.

Accusing the state government of failing to stem the spurt in unemployment, Mr Bhardwaj said it had also reneged on its promise on providing government job to one member of every family of the state. The Himachali youth were also being ignored in the industrial belt of the Baddi-Barotiwala and Nalagarh despite tall claims of 70 per cent employment in these units, he said.

No direct recruitments were taking place in the state and the government had bypassed every Constitutional body to recruit their kith and kin, he said.

He said the appointment of teachers under the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was not an isolated instance of government recruiting favourites, while ignoring merit and reservation for SCs, STs and other backward categories.

Replying to a question on the organisational elections in the state, Mr Bhardwaj said out of a total 72 mandals, elections were only held at nine mandals while in the remaining mandals, the choice was unanimous.


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