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Assemblies have turned into battlefields: Virbhadra

punjab Updated: Oct 10, 2015 23:45 IST
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Virbhadra Singh

Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday hit out at former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his sons Anurag Thakur and Arun Dhumal for “destabilising” democracy in the state to gain power. Singh, who was here to address a function of NGO Sarv Kalyankari Sanstha headed by former legislator Rajinder Rana, said people were aware about the “evil strategies” of the Opposition and would not be fooled by the same.

Singh added that the legislative assemblies had been converted into a sphere of battle rather than debate, and “making remarks and raising slogans” in the institutions of democracy was a new practice.

“There should be decorum in the assembly and making remarks and raising slogans in the assembly is a new practice by Opposition BJP,” he said at a function here, the hometown of leader of Opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal.

Singh, who has been in politics since 1962, said the former chief minister had changed ethical values in the assembly and advised the BJP leaders to refrain from such activities.

Praising former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the chief minister said the raid on the residence of a sitting chief minister was a blot in the state’s political history. The raids were initiated by BJP leaders in coordination with central leaders on the day of marriage of his daughter, he added.

“I need not to worry of any raid or inquiry as my income tax returns are in various stages with the Income Tax tribunal and in the Delhi high court,” he added.

Singh’s houses in the hill state and in Delhi were raided on September 26 by the CBI in a disproportionate assets case against him and his family. Referring to his acquittal in a three-and-half-year-old corruption case in December 2012, he said the case had exposed the intention of the BJP leaders, and the Supreme Court gave him a clean chit.

About Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), the chief minister said he was not against the HPCA, but should get registered under the Cooperative Societies Act and should function democratically. The HPCA is headed by BJP Lok Sabha member and Anurag.

Singh said the “dirty blame game” started by the Dhumals was not in better interest of the state and the welfare of people. “I won’t allow the property of the state to be misused till I am alive and it is because of this the Dhumals were uncomfortable and were trying to oust me from politics,” he added.

Singh also assured Wi-Fi facility in Hamirpur town, youth hostel at appropriate places and garbage dumps at Sujanpur and Hamirpur.