in India has made such great strides in developing cricketing infrastructure.”
While Thakur has been made the whipping boy, the Congress is leaving no stone unturned to project his father Dhumal as the architect-inchief of the BJP’s corrupt streak in the state. Dhumal is accused of handing out massive doles to the Jaypee Group in return for contributions the company made towards the Himachal Pradesh State Cricket Association. These allegations got a shot in the arm when the high court declared the Jaypee Group’s cement plant in Solan district illegal and in complete violation of environmental norms.
The court not only asked Jaypee to demolish its factory, but also ordered it to pay a penalty of 100 crore. It also set up a Special Investigations Team ( SIT) to probe the BJP government’s role in the scam. Dhumal was accused of favouritism because his government had imposed a fine of only 5 crore on the real estate major. The Congress has also accused Dhumal of overlooking the irregularities committed by Jaypee in execution of the 1,000 MW Karcham Wangtoo Hydroelectric project, claiming that Dhumal allowed the company to build excess capacity without necessary clearances.
There is also continuous heat on the BJP with regard to a host of other issues, including manipulating tender rules to accommodate vested interests in the supply of free school uniforms to children, and a massive scam in allocation of plots by the Himachal Pradesh Housing
Father to son CM Dhumal has been accused of extending favours to his son