Two days after appearance of the controversial compact disc, health and revenue minister Kaul Singh Thakur on Monday hit back at his own government, accusing chief minister Virbhadra Singh's close confidante - resident commissioner New Delhi AP Singh for the "leak".
"I don't know whether this controversial CD contains my voice or not. But from what I have read in the papers, it appears the CD has been released with ulterior political motive to tarnish my image in the public," Thakur told media persons.
The disc purportedly containing conversation of the state minister with a woman among many others had surfaced recently. Thakur repeatedly pressed for removal of IPS officer AP Singh as resident commissioners saying that it was IAS cadre post.
"Government should remove AP Singh immediately and instead appoint an IAS officer in his place," he said, adding that the resident commissioner was holding dual charge of deputy inspector general of police (CID and vigilance) and had inquired into controversial telephone tapping that took place during the BJP regime.
"There was much hue and cry over telephone tapping, our government even confiscated the computers from CID office," he said adding that he still did not had access to the CD that was leaked to the media.
"Government should probe what work has the resident commissioner done ever since his appointment in New Delhi. I am clearly accusing him for the leaks," he said. "There is one Suraj Singh of Uttam Nagar. Who is this person?" he asked saying that the sender appears to be fictitious.
In an oblique reference, Thakur also hit out at CM Virbhadra Singh, saying that the Congress did not attain power in the Himachal due to any individual rather it was the result of the hard work of scores of party workers who toiled day and night.
"Everyone knows that who wanted to leave the party before assembly elections. I had to step down from the party president owing the political strategy of an individual. I opted to resign from the post of PCC president in the interest of the party," he said crediting Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi for the Congress' victory in the state.
Thakur out rightly hit out at the CM alleging that he and his associates were being deliberately pushed aside ever since the party gained power in the state. "If I do not accompany the CM for inauguration or foundation ceremonies of project pertaining to my department, my name is removed from the plaques. Why this prejudice against me?" he questioned.
"Some people thing that I am a stumbling block in their path. I am a eight time legislator, even the officers aspire for promotion then why can't I?" he asked questioning the timing of the compact disc which was released at the time when the CM is himself facing a CBI investigations over the income tax returns.