Shimla: Opposition congress lashed out at BJP for failing to check corruption, posting tainted officers on sensitive positions and to divert attention accused the party of latching onto Baba Ramdevâ€™s movement, someone to whom the state government had leased out land illegally.
State congress president Kaul Singh Thakur asked the government to revoke the lease deed for a large land piece allotted to Baba Ramdev in Solan district to set up a medicinal herb garden as the land in question could not be given to any private party.
He said that the land had been leased out in contravention of the agreement to construct a childrenâ€™s park that the Himachal Pradesh government had entered into when it got the land as a gift from the erstwhile Maharaja of Patiala.
â€œIf the present government does not cancel the lease deed, should our party come into power in 2012, we will do it,â€ he said.
Defending the UPA II government for acting against corruption, he retorted that BJP was least qualified to speak on the subject as it had failed to take any action against those tainted with corruption in Karnataka, Uttrakhand, Gujarat and Himachal.
â€œThe government has placed a list of tainted officers before the Himachal High Court but some of those very officers have been were handed out sensitive postings. It only shows the governmentâ€™s resolve to fight graft,â€ he said.
Distancing the party from BJP rebel MP Rajhan Sushantâ€™s agitation against corruption, he said, â€œIt is an internal issue of BJP even though congress has firmly acted against ministers and other party functionaries who are accused of corruption, something which BJP high command has failed to do so.
About congress activists, particularly NSUI president Yedupatti Thakur, turning up at Sushantâ€™s function on Wednesday, Kaul Singh said that the party had taken cognizance of the matter and a report would be sent to the party high command for necessary action.
He said the party would be launching its own drive against corruption and a rally at Baddi had been planned for 29 June.