Lashing out at the Congress government for framing former health minister Rajeev Bindal in the MC recruitment scam, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said it would oppose the government's move to implicate party leaders in false and fabricated cases, solely aimed to gain cheap popularity in the eyes of the general public.
The party leaders said the government should refrain from acting out of the political vendetta, failing which the party would launch a massive campaign against the government and would approach the court of law to get justice.
Notably, officials of the state vigilance and anti-corruption bureau (ACB) have sent a case file to the government for prosecution sanction against 27 persons, including Bindal, involved in the recruitment scam in the Solan municipal council during 2000.
The Congress government after assuming power in 2003 had ordered a vigilance probe into the case as Bindal in the capacity of chairman of the municipal council (MC) had allegedly recruited some of employees, overlooking the merit during the recruitment process.
The investigations had established that Bindal along with a Himachal Administrative Services officer had executed the whole process and had allegedly also tempered the official's documents to favour certain sympathisers of the BJP. Later, Bindal was arrested in the case and the case file was sent for prosecution sanction to the government in 2007.
As the BJP won the 2007 assembly elections, the case file was gathering dust in the office of the vigilance and ACB for the past five years.
Expressing concern over false implication of Bindal, BJP's general secretary Shailender Gupta along with state president of Mahila Morcha Ritu Sethi, chairman of the zila parishad Sheela Kumari, Mohan Singh Thakur, Nardev Badola and others said Congress leaders were haunting Bindal ever since he jumped in active politics and elected as chairman of the Solan MC in 1995.
The leaders said, “As Bindal had emerged as a strong politician and carried out massive development in Solan and also strengthened health care network during his tenure as minister, the Virbhadra Singh government was making all out efforts to malign his clean image in the eyes of masses.”
His implication in the recruitment scam was enough indication that the Congress government was acting on political considerations to settle personal scores against him. The leaders said if the government did not withdraw its current policy of harassing the detractors, the party would launch a massive campaign against the Congress to unmask its misdeeds.
Meanwhile, hailing the government's decision to eliminate corruption by booking corrupt politicians and officials, Congress spokesman Ajay Singh Chauhan said, “Since law is taking its own course, BJP leaders instead of shielding the corrupt should come forward to join hands with the government to wipe out corruption from the society.”
Chauhan said the BJP leaders should realise that investigations have established the involvement of Bindal in the scam, depriving eligible candidates of recruitment process.