In an apparent bid to deflate the fresh allegations of "corruption" and "favouritism" levelled against him by the BJP, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Wednesday offered to resign if any wrongdoings involving him are proved.
"I will quit my politics, if allegations levelled by the BJP leaders against me are proved," the six-time chief minister said.
Singh returned to the state after clarifying the issue before the party’s central leadership in the national capital.
"I had not been summoned by anyone. I had gone on my own for New Year get-together with my family members," Singh said.
He met the All India Congress Committee general secretary Ambika Soni, the party’s in-charge for Himachal affairs. Singh also met senior lawyer and Congress MP Abhishek Manu Singhvi to discuss the strategy about a public interest litigation filed against him in the Delhi High Court.
The next date of hearing in this case is scheduled for February 12.
Singh did not meet Party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi, who is not in the capital.
Party sources said the chief minister had not sought an appointment with either of them and allegations leveled against him are old, which the BJP had even raked up before the Himachal assembly elections in November 2012, but the voters in the hill state reposed their faith in the veteran leader.
Leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley, had on Tuesday released letters written by him to the Prime Minister and the CBI director, demanding a probe into the alleged favours to a private power company by Singh’s government in return of a loan to him and his family members.
Singh has dared former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal to prove allegations against him or quit politics. "Those levelling allegations against me should offer to quit politics like me if they are unable to prove charges against me," he said.