Bahra University

Dharamsala: Senior Congress leader and Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Minister in Himachal Pradesh Govt GS Bali denied charges against him listed in BJP recent charge-sheet and sought an apology from the BJP and threatened to file a defamation case if failed to do so within 15 days.

In a press conference at Dharamsala, GS Bali clarified that he had not purchased any ‘shamlat’ land in Gopalpur area of Kangra district for Rs 1.81 crore as claimed in the BJP charge-sheet. He said that he had purchased the land from Nalini Singh and Rajinder Kour (relatives of Patiala royal family).

Bali also rejected the allegations of procuring sugar at a higher rate causing loss of crores of rupees to the state and declared that if any irregularity found in sugar purchasing he would quit politics, and challenged Dhumal to do so if he comes out clean.

GS Bali said if the BJP, led by Dhumal, doesn’t tender an apology within 15 days, he would send defamation notice to the party. He also said that he would soon come out with documentary proof of misdeeds by Dhumal when he was Chief Minister of the state.

Earlier yesterday, Himachal Pradesh BJP presented a 28 pages long charge-sheet to Governor Urmila Singh, and termed a one-year rule of the Congress in Himachal Pradesh a “dark chapter” in the history of the state, marked by rampant corruption, irregularities, and political vendetta. Most of cabinet ministers were featured in BJP’s charge-sheet. Most of cabinet ministers has dubbed charge-sheet as a bundle of lie and termed it as an attempt to distract public attention from their misdeeds.