Hydel project re-allotted to same company despite opposition from cabinet: Dhumal

Shimla, Jan.5 : Former Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Prem Kumar Dhumal on Sunday said that Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh who has been accused of corruption by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) re-allotted the hydel project, to the same company despite most of the ministers in the Cabinet being against the decision,

"Despite most of the ministers in the Cabinet being against the decision, the project was given to the same company. In the name of FDI he introduced an NRI to establish the project,"

"It was rejected within six months of its allotment and three times this issue went to the cabinet for reconsideration," he said.

It was all due to the Virbhadra Singh who brought it thrice in the cabinet. Later on, the Supreme Court said that the power project should undergo 'reconsideration' and not 're-allotted' but it was re-allotted to the same person.

He further said that the Congress was trying to give an impression that the BJP had re-allotted the project.

"Congress is trying to give an impression that BJP had allotted the project but it is vice-versa," he said.

"Those accused in the case are not giving convincing replies," he added

The Himachal Pradesh chief minister has been accused by the BJP of indulging in a quid pro quo dealing with a private company. Arun Jaitley had accused Singh of being involved in three cases of corruption, one of which involved the owner of a private company.

He alleged that Virbhadra and his wife Pratibha Singh had received a sum of one crore fifty thousand and two crores respectively from Vanshri Vakamula Chandrashekar, the owner of Venture Energy and Technology Private Limited.

He claimed that the same money was invested in a new company opened by Mr. Chandrashekar called Taarini Enterprise Private Limited, through which, Singh's wife, his son and daughter became its shareholders.

On Thursday, Virbhadra Singh had said," Prove me wrong, and, I will quit politics, forget my post."

Over past one week, both the BJP and the Congress have launched protests against each other over the issue.

On December 31, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha had protested in front of Rahul Gandhi's Tughlak Lane residence, and raised anti- Congress slogans. Some even tried to cross the steel and iron barricades.

On January 1, activists from the Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India (NSUI) sought to take a protest march towards the official residence of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh but were stopped in the middle by the police

--ANI (Posted on 06-01-2014)

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