Scaling up its tirade against chief minister Virbhadra Singh, after the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raided his private residence among other places for his alleged involvement in disproportionate assets case, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Saturday caused flutters in the political circles claiming that a group of Congress legislatures were in touch with party.
The BJP legislators are meeting on Monday to chalk out a strategy to oust Virbhadra Singh government in the wake of the registration of an FIR against him.
The BJP legislators will meet governor Acharya Dev Vrat and submit a memorandum demanding sacking of the Congress-led state government.
“Sizeable number of Congress legislators, who are unhappy with the functioning of the CM, are in touch with the BJP,” said BJP spokesman Randhir Sharma, alleging that the CM has lost moral grounds to continue in office.
“The FIR and subsequent raids have already established Virbhadra Singh’s involvement in the case. Owing moral responsibility, he himself should have stepped down,” he said.
Accusing him of using the entire party and the government to defend him before the party high command, Sharma said: “It proves that the CM just wants to remain in power and affect the probe against him.”
“BJP had been decrying the lack of progress in the state but its ironical that since last one week the entire government is camping in Delhi to defend the CM,” he added.
Castigating the Congress, Sharma said that the cases against Virbhadra Singh were registered against the United Progressive Alliance government and not during National Democratic Alliance regime. “Virbhadra Singh stepped down from ministry during the UPA regime. Had the NDA government been vindictive against him, the party would not have taken 16 months to register an FIR. We would have done this just within 15 days.
BJP denied that the party had any prior information about the raids on Virbhadra Singh’s houses. “It’s strange that Virbhadra Singh has different yardsticks for himself and different for his opponents. It’s wrong to blame finance minister Arun Jaitely or Hamirpur Lok Sabha member Anurag Thakur for the CBI raids,” he said.
“Earlier, the Congress did not let the house function on the pretext that external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj had tried to help a man whose wife was suffering from cancer and now it’s silent. The entire party should have united on the issue of corruption, he added.
Congress legislators in Delhi meet Birender Singh
A group of Congress legislators, led by health minister Kaul Singh Thakur also called on rural development minister Choudhary Birender Singh in Delhi. Kaul along with others have been camping in Delhi to submit memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee and AICC president Sonia Gandhi. Birender Singh was in charge of the Congress affairs for Himachal Pradesh before he joined BJP ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.