Shimla, May 17 - Taking their game of one-upmanship a little further, ruling BJP in Himachal Pradesh today released what it claimed was Congress' "charge-sheet" against the Dhumal government, saying it was helping out the opposition party which was dithering over it.
"The much publicised charge-sheet of the Congress (against the BJP government) has not seen the light of the day and we are helping out the Congress by releasing its charge-sheet," state BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti said while releasing the 61-page document.
"We are in possession of the charge-sheet and releasing it and if the Congress claims that it is not the genuine charge-sheet, it should come out with actual charge-sheet within two days to prove us wrong," he said.
The Congress had been repeatedly announcing that it would submit a "charge-sheeet" against the BJP government and it recently sent the charge-sheet to the High Command for modifications.
Satti also dismissed the "charge-sheet", describing it as a compilation of unsubstantiated and oft repeated charges that have not been corroborated with documentary evidence.
However, Congress leaders claimed that it was not the genuine "charge-sheet" and the actual document was different and supported by evidence and documentary proof.
The chairman of the "charge-sheet committee", G S Bali, said that the document released by the state BJP president was not the "original charge-sheet" and the actual document would be submitted to the President soon and released to the media.
"The so called charge-sheet released by Satti had not been signed by any Congress leader and we have doubts about the claims of the BJP as our charge-sheet is quite comprehensive and supported by documents, affidavits and other proof collected from various sources, including RTI information," he said.
The charges levelled in the document released by the BJP include alleged irregularities in allotment of hydro-power projects, violation of section 118 of Tenancy and Land Reforms Act in granting permission for purchase of land including permission given to Prashant Bhushan of Team Anna, irregularities in sanctioning of eco-tourism project, misutilisation of central funds, uniform scam, land grabbing, undue favour to HPCA and other charges and acts of ommission and commission.
The documents also slammed the state government for allowing a private builder to construct an ultra-luxurious housing project in Shimla and also letting the private companies set up eco-tourism projects in prime forest land.
Satti, however, dared the Congress leader to come out with facts and figures and also threatened of 'legal action' if baseless and unfounded charges were made to tarnish the image of the government and the ministers. PTI