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SHIMLA: After facing constant ridicule and blame for selling out the State's interests and resources to outsiders, the Bharatiya Janata Party-led Himachal Government has come out with official figures claiming it is not the BJP but the Congress Government that had compromised more with outsiders who had bought land in the State. State PWD and Revenue Minister Gulab Singh Thakur in a statement claimed that 2,068 non-agriculturists were given permission to buy land during the Congress regime between 2003-07 by giving relaxation in the Himachal Pradesh Tendency and Land Reforms Act, 1972, which is almost double than given by the BJP Government from 2008 to date.
He said the hue and cry raised by Congress leaders was unwarranted and a deliberate game plan to defame the present Government which had set a record of achievements in the matter of development and public welfare.
Mr. Thakur said that out of 1,297 permissions given by the BJP Government, 15 were to construct apartments whereas during the Congress regime 27 such permissions had been given for construction of apartments.
While giving detailed comparative figures of permissions during both the regimes , he said the Congress Government had favoured more outsiders and its allotments spoke of favouritism and nepotism.
Mr. Thakur said Congress leaders often make statements that the present government has done massive land deals in Solan and Shimla towns but it was the Virbhadra-led Congress Government which had given permission to 1,090 outsiders to buy land in Solan district whereas the BJP Government had given permission to only 499 persons.
In Shimla district the Congress had given permission to 143 non-Himachalis whereas the present government has given permission to only 85 non-Himachalis .
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