Himachal Pradesh BJP has complaint to Election Commission of India and accused P. Mitra, Officiating Chief Secretary of the state Govt. for playing partisan role against opposition party and intimating officials to favour Congress party.

BJP, in its written complaint to the Chief Election Commissioner of India, blamed Mitra for openly and actively aiding and abetting use of official machinery and processes for furthering the prospects of the candidates of the Congress.

BJP raised questions over his role in a chargesheet in a court of law against Prem Kumar Dhumal and Anurag Thakur, who is party Hamirpur Lok Sabha Constituency candidate. BJP complaint that the case pertains to the land leased to the HPCA and its use. BJP complaint

Mitra while functioning as the Financial Commissioner (Revenue) instigated the complaint against our leaders alleging gross irregularities in the process of lease. He now as Home Secretary has supervised the investigation conduct by the police into the allegations levelled by him and has ensured that the police seeks prosecution sanction from the Govt. for filing criminal cases against our leaders and candidates to tarnish their image during the ongoing election process. The Vigilance Organization submitted a 600 page report to the Govt. seeking sanction to prosecute Sh Dhumal and Sh. Thakur along with two to three IAS officers. This voluminous report was processed by Sh Mitra within a few hours as Home Secretary and submitted to himself as Chief Secretary for obtaining prosecution sanction from the Governor. In a meeting convened by the IAS Officers Association of HP, which was also chaired by Mitra and even the Chief Electoral Officer of HP, Narinder Chauhan also attended it; he openly told the officers that it was the duty of the bureaucracy to carry out the wishes of the political leadership.

BJP also claimed that Mitra has also warned the officers present in the meeting for not adhering to his orders and would face adverse consequences in case they adopted any resolution that might embarrass the Chief Minister during the elections.

BJP has also raised finger over the venue of the state level function of the Statehood day on the 15th April to please Congress party in the election.

The State BJP has demanded Mitra’s removal from the post to conduct free and fair elections in the State.

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