Ridiculing the statement of former Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on chief minister Virbhadra Singh's wife, Anil Sharma, rural development and panchayati raj minister, and Nand Lal, chief parliamentary secretary, said that it was an outburst of a “frustrated” politician.
In a joint statement issued here on Friday, they said Dhumal was baffled by the “historic and farsighted” decisions taken by the Congress government in its five-month tenure and out of sheer frustration, he resorted to issuing malicious statements.
Dhumal had taken a dig on the chief minister, stating that he was puzzled as he foresaw defeat of former MP and his wife Pratibha Singh, the Congress candidate for Mandi bypolls.
Lauding the government's five-month tenure, the leaders said it had taken many people-centric decisions in the state, bringing respite from the “misrule of the BJP government”.
They said the Congress government was gaining popularity, which had baffled its political opponents.
Accusing Dhumal of issuing vicious statements, the leaders alleged that it only reflected his lust for power, but also showed that he had not been able to come out of the shock of defeat he had faced in the assembly elections.
They asserted that people were wise enough to oust the BJP in the assembly elections and the result of Mandi bypolls would be the same.
They said under the rule of Virbhadra Singh, the state had achieved new heights in the field of education, road construction, hydropower and other sectors.
They advised Dhumal to remain patient and wait for a few days as the people of Mandi parliamentary constituency would give him a befitting reply.