The chairmen and vice-chairmen of several Himachal boards and corporations on Saturday came to the defence of chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who has been criticised by Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over an FIR by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) against the chief minister's disproportionate assets.
State finance commission chairman Kuldeep Kumar, state-level planning development and 20 point programme committee chairman Ram Lal Thakur, state planning board deputy chairman GR Musafir, HP pollution control board chairman Kuldeep Singh Pathania and HP state cooperative bank chairman Harsh Mahajan have accused the BJP leaders of misleading the people.
In a joint statement issued here on Saturday, they said that the BJP leaders had an old habit of making false allegations against its political opponents, but every time the BJP had to taste the bitter bite. They added that CBI's preliminary inquiry against the chief minister was politically motivated and soon the truth would be out.
They said that BJP leaders were trying to divert attention from the on-going inquiries being conducted against former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal and his son Anurag Thakur, who is also an MLA from Hamirpur. The chairmen and vice-chairmen added that Virbhadra did not require a certificate from the BJP to prove his honesty.
They said that the state government was united under the leadership of Virbhadra and strong reply would be given to the BJP leaders for their 'false' propaganda.