The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday demanded resignation of Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh after Enforcement Directorate (ED) registered a money laundering case against him, and questioned “silence” of the Congress over the issue.
The ED has registered a money laundering case against Virbhadra under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) after taking cognisance of a criminal complaint filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in this regard in September.
Describing the Congress silence over it as “shameful”, the BJP said the Sonia-led party has tried to dismiss the corruption charges against Virbhadra.
“The BJP has been taking up the issue of corruption against Virbhadra while the Congress has not only kept quite but also tried to whitewash the charges against him,” party secretary and in-charge of Himachal Srikant Sharma said in a statement.
“The silence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi in such a serious case of corruption is shameful. They are very active in making tall claim and do nothing when it comes to corruption,” the statement added.
Taking on Virbhadra, the longest-serving CM of Himachal Pradesh, the BJP said he had lost moral right to remain on his post and should resign immediately.
Referring to the Congress stand on corruption during the last Parliament session, the BJP said: “It has also exposed the double standards of the Congress as it has disrupted the monsoon session on the issue of alleged corruption involving the National Democratic Alliance leaders.”
Asking the Congress to take action, the BJP said: “If there is any morality left in the top brass of the Congress then it must force Virbhadra to resign.”