Himachal Congress gets down to preparing charge sheet

Shimla: Having listed out as many as 48 issues in their first meeting, the congress charge sheet committee headed by senior leader GS Bali intends to use RTI and information gathered from party cadres to substantiate a documented report about acts of omission and commission by the BJP government.

After holding a meeting in the opposition lounge of Vidhan Sabha, committee members Harshwardhan Chauhan, Kuldeep Pathania, Mukesh Agnihotri and GS Bali let to reporters know that frivolous charges to tarnish someone’s image for political purposes would not be resorted to and the charge sheet would only include those issues for which there is documentary evidence.

Bali said, “As many as 48 issues which include benami land deals in violation of state laws, Bamloe housing project, bungling in hydropower project delays, crowding of private universities, health department, purchases made, appointments done and contracts awarded were discussed.”

Besides politicians, role of bureaucrats and other government employees would be brought forth in the charges made out, he said.

Issues related to land usage by Jaypee Group, be it for a cement grinding plant, laying of a power transmission or planting of an apple orchard in Kinnaur; would prominently figure in the document, he added..

The committee had written to all legislators, Ex-MLAs, state, district and block level party functionaries for bringing to the notice of the committee all issues that could be incorporated into the charge sheet.

Dismissing apprehensions of it being a wasteful exercise as no action had followed when congress had submitted such charge sheets in the past, Bali said, by ensuring that this one had enough documentary evidences, all important charges would be investigated, should congress come to power in 2012. Right to Information (RTI) would be used to collect authentic documents, he added.

The committee was mandated to prepare the document within two and half months by general secretary Virender Chaudhary. The five member committee also has Sukhvinder Sukku on board.

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