Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday launched a scathing attack on his predecessor and leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal and his Parliamentarian son Anurag Thakur, accusing the father-son duo of trying to implicate him in false case of corruption.
Interacting with the media on the first day of his two-day tour to Jawalamukhi constituency in Kangra district, the chief minister (CM) said Dhumal and his sons, Anurag Thakur and Arun Dhumal, were trying to malign his image.
Replying to a query about the CBI raids on his properties, Singh said it was quite strange that three agencies were involved in investigating a single case.
“The CBI conducted raids in a case which was already being probed by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Income Tax Appellate Authority. It indicates that these agencies are working under political pressure,” he claimed. “Dhumal and Anurag, in connivance with a Union minister, are trying to implicate me in a false case,” he alleged.
On the fresh charges levelled against him by Arun Dhumal, the CM said the word “decency” didn’t’ exist in the dictionaries of Dhumal and his sons.
“He (Dhumal) acts with vengeance, but I would like to remind him to carry out his duties responsibly,” Singh said.
He further blamed Anurag for delay in setting up the permanent campus of Central University of Himachal Pradesh. “Anurag has created unnecessary hurdles in setting up the CUHP campus, even as he was proposing to construct two campuses of the institution,” he added.
The CM said he had consulted the Union human resource development ministry and had invited them for a site visit to the land identified by state government for the campus at Chamunda near Dharamshala.
Earlier, Singh dedicated developmental work projects and laid foundation stones of projects worth `25 crore in Changer area of Jawalamukhi assembly segment.
Addressing a massive public meeting at Majheen, he announced sub-tehsil status for Majheen, besides upgrade of various educational and health institutions.
He said it was the priority of the government to develop remote and far-flung areas of the state and the Changer area of Jawalamukhi was one of the areas on the priority list.
‘STATE TREATS ALL RELIGIONS ALIKE’
Calling for religious harmony, the chief minister said it was the responsibility of the ruling governments to protect all religions alike for the very reason that our country was secular and the largest-democratic nation in the world.
“Every citizen of India has the right to profess and propagate his or her religion. However, it is a matter of worry that a few communities are feeling unsafe as some forces are trying to implement communal agenda and divide the people,” he said.