By- Karan Arora
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh declared Dharamsala as the second capital of the state. As the city fully deserved the status because of its history and significance. The Dharmsala holds special importance and value in lower areas of the state like Chamba, Hamirpur, Kangra and Una districts. It also attracted people from across the world. He added that tourism had changed the town’s fortune. Dharamsala is a city in Himachal’s Kangra district. It was formerly known as Bhagsu. It was selected as one of the hundred Indian cities to be developed as a smart city under PM Narendra Modi’s flagship Smart Cities Mission. Dharamshala has held 12 Winter Sessions of the state Assembly. The Dalai Lama’s residence and the headquarters of Central Tibetan Administration (the Tibetan government in exile) are in Dharamsala.
the town had a history of its own and fully deserved to be the second capital of the state.
Leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal and BJP’s Shimla MLA Suresh Bhardwaj had raised the second capital issue in the House.
Shimla remains the state capital and no office would be shifted to Dharamshala despite it being made the second capital of the state, chief minister Virbhadra Singh announced in the assembly while replying on the budget discussion . Denying any plan to shift the state secretariat to Dharamshala, he said the opposition was trying to mislead the people on the second capital issue.
State BJP leaders are unnecessarily raking up the second capital issue and their bid to politicise the issue reflects their shallow thinking
He added that neither secretariat nor any other goverment office will be shifted and if the need arises, new offices will be setup.
He said that irrigation and public healt, Himachal Pradesh Stte Electricity Board Limited, Himachal Pradesh Board of School Educatio; Chief conservator of forest; divisional commissioner and IG police have already established at Dhramshala. Most of these offices were set up by the Congress govt.