After the Congress high command sought a report on the fresh round of charges against Virbhadra Singh, the Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC), which had maintained a steady silence, on Thursday came out in support of the beleaguered chief minister, who is under attack from the opposition BJP for favouring a hydel firm.
The Congress high command consulted state party chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu on the fallout of the allegations. Sources told HT that Sukhu conveyed to the high command that there was nothing new in the allegations and that the matter being raised by the BJP at the national level was sub judice. Sukhu held consultations with irrigation and public health minister Vidya Stokes, who is the seniormost minister after the chief minister.
The HPCC rejected the graft allegations by BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Anurag Thakur and termed them malicious and politically motivated. The Congress statement came after Virbhadra met All India Congress Committee general secretary Ambika Soni, who is in-charge of Himachal affairs, on Tuesday.
The statement expressing solidarity was issued by Sukhu, vice-president Chander Kumar, Kailash Prashar, Gangu Ram Musafir, Geeta Negi, general secretary Ajay Mahajan, Ravi Thakur and spokespersons Kuldeep Pathania and Naresh Chauhan. They said the BJP leaders had in a press conference in Shimla in December 2012 levelled similar allegations against the CM and the charges had even been rejected by the public who voted him to power for a record sixth time.