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Virbhadra speaks about his party's chances in upcoming state assembly elections

Himachal Pradesh Congress president and former chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday predicted that his party would get upto 40 to 45 seats in the state assembly elections to be held on Sunday.

chandigarh Updated: Nov 02, 2012 21:56 IST
Pankaj Vohra

Himachal Pradesh Congress president and former chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday predicted that his party would get upto 40 to 45 seats in the state assembly elections to be held on Sunday.

In an interview with Hindustan Times, he said that unsubstantiated and baseless allegations of corruption against him were rejected by the people 'who have great love and affection for him', adding that with Nitin Gadkari's scandal coming out in the open, the Bharatiya Janata Party did not know what to do.

The corruption and misgovernance of the (PK) Dhumal government was a major factor and will now go against the Saffron party, Singh said.

Fully confident that the Congress was going to gain power in the state, Virbhadra when asked what will be his first task if he was made the chief minister said, "Firstly I will clean up the stables. There is so much muck that has got accumulated here. There has been a lot of injustice. I will restore proper administration in Himachal for a uniform development of the state''.


Excerpts from the Interview:

Why have your rivals not campaigned during the elections?
They were busy in their own constituencies. I did go to Vidya Stokes constituency for campaigning. Kaul Singh did not invite me so I did not go to Darang.

Should your party have been more careful in drafting the election manifesto as there were discrepancies between the Hindi and English versions?
I was not aware of this as I was busy campaigning and Anand Sharma (Union Minister) was looking after it.

How are you planning to deal with detractors in the party?
They are all friends. I will try to carry everyone with me.