Himachal CM Virbhadra to take refuge in Lord Venkateswara

  • Gaurav Bisht, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Dec 21, 2015 21:12 IST
Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh. (HT Photo)

Under fire from the Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party over his corruption cases, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh, along with his family, has decided to seek divine blessings.

Singh, who is currently camping in New Delhi, will on Tuesday fly to Tirumala in Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district, to pay obeisance at Lord Venkateswara’s most prominent shrine, the Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.

The temple, the richest in the world in terms of donations received and wealth, is dedicated to Lord Venkateswara, an incarnation of Vishnu, who is believed to have appeared on earth to save mankind from the trials and troubles of Kali Yuga.

The CM will be accompanied by his wife Pratibha Singh and his son Vikramaditya Singh, who heads the state Youth Congress. After visiting Tirumala, he will move to Tirupati the next day to offer prayers at the famous Srikalahasti temple.

A visit to this temple is recommended for “rahu ketu” or “kaal sarp dosh nivaran puja” to alleviate troubles.

The BJP in the recent past has intensified its drive to oust Singh from the chief minister’s chair through its “Virbhadra Hatao, Himachal Bachao” campaign.

The CBI had registered a preliminary enquiry, which was converted into a regular case this September, against Singh and his family members for allegedly amassing wealth of Rs 6.1 crore, alleging that it was disproportionate to their known sources of income during 2009-2011 when he was serving as Union minister of steel in the UPA government.

Later, taking cognizance of the CBI’s FIR, the Enforcement Directorate had filed a case under criminal provisions of money laundering laws.

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