Former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said on Wednesday a few overzealous government officials were "exceeding their brief" to "prove their personal loyalty to the regime". Talking to reporters at his official residence, he said: "Officials should not work to appease a few people. The present government is engaging in a political vendetta. They are setting up the guidelines for governments to come in the state."
He said Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh had been blaming the BJP for the state's poor fiscal health. "Blaming the BJP for everything has become a habit for the chief minister. The state government hasn't given any benefit yet to its employees but has just announced it has taken a loan of around Rs 5,000 crore, while, despite paying benefits amounting to crores of rupees to employees, the previous BJP government had taken a loan of Rs 6,672 crore during its tenure. The state government is running up unnecessary expenditure by appointing chief parliamentary secretaries and chairmen and vice chairmen of various board and corporations," he added.
Dhumal also expressed hope the government would rethink its decision to reestablish the administrative tribunal that was scrapped by the previous BJP government. "The government shouldn't go ahead with its decision in the wake of the poor fiscal health of the state. The high court has been able to dispose of cases speedily," he added.
Dhumal said "mafia raj" prevailed in the state. "The mining, forest, land and liquor mafias are active in the state while the government has not bothered to check them. The government has been taking action against officials who are working while sheltering those who have been patronizing these elements. The Congress party-led state government has been resorting to political vendetta. Our leaders and their relatives have been raided by vigilance department, cases are being framed against them," he said.
On the question of destabilizing the government, he said the chief minister should explain how the opposition was destabilizing the government.
Talking about the government move's to seek prosecution sanction against him, Dhumal said: "There have been several examples where government had considered to revive the services of official within notice period, even several cases had been settled by the Supreme Court".
He said though the recovery of the Raghunath idols was a "big thing" the theft still remained a mystery. "I hope the police will soon come out with the actual facts and correct information," he added.