Congress files complaint over ‘missing’ foundation plaque by Sonia Gandhi in Atal Tunnel

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The Congress in Himachal Pradesh has threatened to launch a protest against the alleged removal of Sonia Gandhi’s inaugural plaque from the recently inaugurated Atal Tunnel in the state.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on October 3 inaugurated the all-weather Atal Tunnel across the Rohtang Pass.

The inauguration of the Atal Tunnel took a political twist after Himachal Congress leader Gyalchan Thakur filed a complaint at Keylong police station in which he alleged that the foundation plaque bearing Sonia Gandhi’s name was removed ahead of Atal Tunnel’s inauguration.

Sonia Gandhi had laid the foundation stone for the Rohtang Tunnel project on June 28, 2010, at Dhoondi in Manali.

Terming the removal of foundation plaque as “undemocratic and mischief of BJP leaders”, Lahaul-Spiti Congress chief Gyalchan Thakur approached the police.

Himachal Congress chief Kuldeep Rathore also wrote a letter to Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur. In the letter, the state Congress chief termed the removal of foundation plaque as illegal and demanded action against those involved in doing so.

Giving a 15-day ultimatum for restoring plaque, the Congress leader threatened to launch a state-wide protest.

“If the missing foundation stone is not re-installed, Congress will hold a state-wide agitation against the government. This [removing the stone] is an undemocratic, unconventional and illegal step ever,” Kuldeep Rathore was quoted as saying in media reports.

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