Dharmshala: Member of Lok Sabha senior congress leader Chander Kumar today ridiculed Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal for his announcement with regard to opening of central university at Dehra. He said the Central University would be an institute of excellence and center of knowledge and the UPA had sanctioned to set up the University in Dharamshala or a near by place.
He said the Chief Minister was politicizing the issue and creating disharmony among the people of Kangra as Dehra is part of Hamirpur Lok Sabha constituency, which is represented by his son Anurag Thakur.
He was addressing the press conference at Jawalamukhi today. Earlier he visited the famous shrine of Jawalamukhi paid obeisance. He said that the people of the area must know the entire “politics” behind the proposal to open the university at Dehra. He said the previous Congress had suggested to open the university in and around Dharamshala and land was also identified for it. “We had told the Union government that while Dehra falls in Kangra district, it is close to the home district of Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. Besides, Dehra Vidhan Sabha constituency is part of Hamirpur parliamentary segment represented by Anurag Thakur, Dhumal’s son,” said Chander Kumar. He added that the congress party had even given a letter to the Union Minister HRD Arjun Singh recently in this regard, stating that the Central university could not be opened at the proposed site in Dehra as the land suggested by the state government belongs to the forest department. Apart from this, the proposed site is lacking infrastructure, transport and other facilities, said the Congress MP, who represents Kangra parliamentary segment. Chander Kumar said there is sufficient infrastructure which could be used to run classes at Dharamshala. Even for constructing residential accommodation for the staff of the university and other offices, enough government land is available in and around Dharamshala, he said, adding that government land is available at Indru Nag and Sakoh localities near Dharamshala. The Congress leader said government land is also available at Shahpur, which is merely 25 kilometres away from Dharamshala. Besides, Kangra airport at Gaggal is only 14 kilometres away from Dharamshala. Chander Kumar said the most suitable location for setting up the University would be at Mahal Tea Estate and the second option would be near ITI Shahpur. Criticising the BJP for transferring employees, he said 80 per cent of employees of the state has been transferred. “This has resulted in leaving hospitals and schools without doctors and teachers respectively,” he added.