The Congress party has blamed the government with disproportionate allocation of land to universities and vowed to review this if it comes to power in the next elections in 2012. Congress chief Kaul Singh Thakur said that

“If the Congress comes to power in the next assembly elections, it will review the actual requirement of each university and ensure that extra land acquired will be returned to the government.”

Kaul Singh further added that top political functionaries were involved in illegal property transactions and the BJP government had allowed 11 universities to set up campuses since it came to power in 2007. Kaul Singh said that his party would corner the government on public issues like law and order, illegal land transactions and shielding tainted officials, during the monsoon session of the assembly from Aug 23. Kaul Singh again raises the Bemloe Development issue and blamed government for the granting permission to the builders, which causes the cutting of hundreds of deodar trees.

He also slammed the government for granting permission to Bemloe Development and Infrastructure Company for developing ultra-luxurious housing projects in Shimla. In the budget session, the opposition had stalled assembly proceedings on the issue.

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