Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday said that 100 days is a small period to assess the Narendra Modi-led NDA government's work.
"Hundred days is a small period not only to assess the performance of the Modi government but any government for that matter," Virbhadra Singh said in a guarded response to a question on completion of the Modi government.
"The Modi government has done a spade work in many fields but the achievement is yet to be seen. I will not say that nothing had been done in hundred days. I also understand the difficulty of the government, since I have seen administration for long," he said while adding that so far, the public is dissatisfied with government.
"The hype created by Modi and the BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections had raised expectations of the public of the country but so far, people are still dissatisfied with NDA government," he said.
Virbhadra Singh also castigated the state BJP for filing a petition before the assembly Speaker, seeking disqualification of four Independent legislators -- Karnesh Jung, Manohar Dhiman, Pawan Kajal and Balbir Verma. "Independent legislators are not primary members of the Congress. But they have expressed their support for the Congress government. During the BJP's regime, the Independents had sided with them," he said while adding that an Independent MLA even remained a minister in one of the BJP governments.
In an oblique reference to his predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal, the chief minister said that the present BJP leadership was "narrow-minded". He said, "The BJP leadership is working with one-track mind which will damage the party".
He said that Dhumal's entire focus has remained on fixing his political rivals. "Each time Dhumal came to power, criminal cases were registered against me. I came out clean after facing the session trials," said Virbhadra Singh citing examples of Sagar Katha case and the one filed against him on basis of conversations recorded in a compact disc (CD).
"I fought these cases on my own and came out clean. But I did not use the party to defend me," he said while adding that the cases against BJP leaders, including Dhumal, have been registered following investigations into the chargesheet prepared by the Congress against the previous BJP government.
Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh made an oblique reference to the cases against him pending in Delhi high court. "Politically-motivated cases are being framed against me at the behest of some state and central leaders of the BJP. I only feel hurt and pained over the media trial and character assassination during the course (of the trial)", he said.