Opposition BJP again walked out of the state assembly after Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh refuse to reopen eight colleges, which was de-notified by the new government, after assuming charge of the state.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh claimed that these colleges were notified during the BJP regime just before the assembly elections without making budgetary provision and allocation of staff and infrastructure. Virbhadra added that the government was not against to opening new colleges, but only keeping in view the requirement, adding that the exercise would be carried out on the basis of merit. He said the BJP government had notified the colleges on the eve of the Assembly poll and no provision of funds, building, staff and other infrastructure was made.
Singh accused that it was the belated exercise of the strategy to accomplish “mission repeat” and the government, depending on the need and availability of finances, would open colleges only after making budgetary provision and identifying land for the purpose.
However opposition BJP didn’t satisfied with the CM’s reply and staged a walkout.
However leader of opposition and former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal justified the walkout and said the BJP government had always honoured the decisions taken by the previous Congress governments and not only opened the schools and colleges notified by the predecessor government, but also opened Tanda Medical College for which the government had provided a meagre amount of Rs 50 lakh and started a medical college at TB Sanitorium building.