Dharamsala, January 21
Former BJP MLA from Palampur, Parveen Sharma has lashed out at the state bureaucracy for not taking the projects for which foundation stones had been laid by Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur seriously.
While talking to The Tribune, Parveen said that the Chief Minister, after presiding over the passing out parade of Himachal police recruits in Police Training College, Daroh on September 12, 2020, had announced that the headquarters of the police training department would be shifted to Palampur from Shimla and 80 kanal land in Banoori area of Palampur was transferred in the name of police department for the purpose. However, till date nothing has been done to shift the office of the ADGP police training to Palampur.
He said Thakur always accepted the demands of the party leaders and MLAs. However, the state bureaucracy was not taking the CM seriously. The Assembly elections were due this year but the bureaucracy was not serious about bringing projects, even the ones which were laid by the Chief Minister, to the ground. This would affect the party’s prospects. “I would be writing to the Chief Minister to take bureaucrats to task as they were not taking his announcements seriously,” he said.
Parveen was BJP MLA from Palampur from 2007 to 2012. He is considered close to former Chief Minister Shanta Kumar. After the party denied him ticket in 2017, Praveen contested as an independent. On the intervention of Shanta Kumar, Parveen Sharma was re-inducted into the BJP before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Sources here said that many BJP leaders from Palampur were miffed at the importance being given to state general secretary of party Trilok Kapoor from the area and are feeling sidelined. Due to the alleged infighting in Palampur, the BJP was routed in Palampur MC elections, losing 11 out of 13 wards.
- The ex-MLA said the CM had laid foundation stone of an indoor stadium on February 7, 2021, in Chambalhar area of Palampur.
- It has been over a year but till date, not even a single stone has been laid for bringing up the project.