Advertisement

HindustanTimes Tue,21 Oct 2014

Virbhadra promises to clean up Augean stables

Pankaj Vohra, Hindustan Times  Mcleodganj, November 02, 2012
First Published: 23:50 IST(2/11/2012) | Last Updated: 23:52 IST(2/11/2012)

Himachal Pradesh Congress president and former chief minister Virbhadra Singh predicted on Friday that his party would get up to 40-45 of the 68 seats in the assembly elections on Sunday.

Advertisement

In a telephonic interview with HT, he said unsubstantiated and baseless allegations of corruption against him had been rejected by the people "who have great love and affection for me. Moreover, with (BJP president) Nitin Gadkari's scandal coming out into the open, the BJP does not know what to do. The corruption and misgovernance of the (PK) Dhumal government is a major factor and will now go against the saffron party."

On what will be his first task if he was made the chief minister, a fully confident Virbhadra said, "Naturally, 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 uniform development of the state".

Asked why his rivals had not campaigned during the elections, he said they were busy in their own constituencies. "I did go to Vidya Stokes' constituency for campaigning. Kaul Singh did not invite me, so I didn't go to Darang."

And, he does not think that elevation of Chandresh Kumari Katoch (who is married in Himachal but represents Jodhpur in Lok Sabha) to the Union Cabinet would help the party in Kangra area. "We were already doing well here."

Asked whether the party should have been more careful in drafting of the manifesto as there were discrepancies between the Hindi and English versions, he said he was not aware of this "as I was campaigning and Anand Sharma (Union minister) was looking after the manifesto". How was he planning to deal with his detractors in the party? "They are all friends. I will try to carry everyone with me," he answered.


Advertisement
more from India

Khaitan denied bail, to spend Diwali in jail

Businessman-cum-lawyer Gautam Khaitan is likely to spend this Diwali in jail, where he’s been lodged since his arrest by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) 28 days ago in the Rs 3,600 AgustaWestland scam, as a Delhi court Monday denied his bail application.

Advertisement
Most Popular
Advertisement
Advertisement
Copyright © 2014 HT Media Limited. All Rights Reserved