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Vikramaditya seeks white paper on Centre’s help

Statesman News Service | Shimla |

Launching a scathing attack, former Youth Congress chief and Member Legislative Assembly (MLA) Vikramaditya Singh has sought white paper on the financial assistance received by the Himachal Pradesh government from the Centre.

Addressing media persons on Friday, Vikramaditya Singh, who is also the son of former Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh demanded that Jai Ram Thakur led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government should release white paper on the financial assistance that the government received from the Centre in the last one month.

“The people of the state have the right to know how much financial benefits the state has received from the much hyped double-engine, BJP government at the Centre and the state,” he said, adding that the public had not voted for BJP in the state to curse Virbhadra Singh lead former Congress government, instead the state government should focus on real issues and perform on the ground.

He said that there are limited financial resources in the state, in 2012 when the Congress government came to power, the state was already reeling under the financial debt of Rs 28,000 Crore left by the then BJP CM Prem Kumar Dhumal’s government.

HP being a hill state the dependence on Centre, World Bank and other institutions always remains high.

Vikramaditiya Singh cautioned the state government that if it closed institutions opened by former Congress government out of political vengeance, similar incidents like the Jhanjeli will also erupt in other places of the state. Congress will welcome and fully support the decisions of the state government that are taken in the public interest, however, any decision that is anti-people will be strongly opposed, he added.

He said that Jai Ram Thakur lead state government has decided to review the decisions of the previous Congress government in the last six months, the government has already witnessed the fallout of their decision in Jhanjeli, falling in the CM’s own assembly constituency Seraj.