Virbhadra’s cases fuel BJP campaign

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Aug 08, 2014 09:53 IST

With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gunning for him over “the Congress dismal performance in the Lok sabha elections” and the Centre telling the Delhi high court that there was enough evidence to frame a case of money laundering against him, more trouble seems to be in store for chief minister Virbhadra Singh who has been embroiled in a controversy over his income-tax returns.

The Centre’s submission in the Delhi high court has apparently fuelled BJP’s campaign against Virbhadra Singh. The opposition party on Thursday took a stand against Virbhadra Singh and mounted more pressure on him to quit his office. There was complete pandemonium in the House on the second day of the Vidhan Sabha session when the Opposition demanded suspension of business listed for the day to debate additional solicitor general Sanjay Jain’s submission in the Delhi high court that prima facie, there is enough material on record to register FIR against chief minister Virbhadra Singh.

In the wake of pandemonium, speaker Brij Bihari Lal Butail adjourned House, within half an hour after it met for the day.

“I have gathered from media reports that my friends from BJP are trying to spread misinformation about the case before the Delhi high court. The matter is already under consideration of the high court and is sub judice. It would not be proper for me or anybody to make any comment about the proceedings of the court,” says Virbhadra Singh.

The hearing in the Delhi high court has given an opportunity to the CM’s detractors to scale up their campaign to oust him. On the pretext of greeting governor Urmila Singh on her 68th birthday on Wednesday, the detractors showed their strength when 16 legislators, including three ministers and chief parliamentary secretaries, went to Raj Bhawan in the afternoon.

They were also joined by state Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, though the CM also met governor in the evening.

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