On his 81st birthday chief minister Virbhadra Singh expressed gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his greetings on occasion, while he heaped praise on Bharatiya Janata Party’s veteran -former chief minister Shanta Kumar for working together with opposition during his tenure.
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“Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted me on this occasion. I am grateful to him,”said an overwhelmed CM. Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his wishes to Virbhadra Singh on microblogging website Twitter in the morning . “This is very good gesture," he added.
"Opposition has the right to point out its views inside the House. But outside we should come together to work for the development of the state. Former chief minister Shanta Kumar had set this example during his tenure, “said Virbhadra Singh, when asked about his message to his political adversaries.
“Shanta Kumar ji had wished me in the morning," he said. Former chief minister and leader of opposition Prem Kumar Dhumal had been outrightly hitting at the CM both within and outside theVidhan sabha. The political animosity between the two had seemingly increased in the recent past.
Overwhelmed by benevolence shown by his supporters from different walks of life, the CM thanked God for his blessings.
“Iam grateful to God and the people of the state for showering their affection on me all through my political life,” he said.
"I have been a chief minister six times and a Lok Sabha member four times. I have always tried to come up to the expectation of the general public. I have contributed towards creation of the state," he added.
Virbhadra said that he had no regret when he looked back at his political career that spans over half a century. “ Most of the programme that we started have been fulfilled. This is an era of development and we have achieved many milestones. We have moved ahead in all fields. Development can never be over," he said.
Virbhadra parried question when asked that was he vying to become chief minister for the seventh time. “Man proposes god disposes. Lets us see,” he said.
Almost his entire cabinet, including Vidya Stokes, Mukesh Agnihotri, Thakur Singh Bharmauri, GS Bali, along with chief secretary P Mitra, director general of police (DGP) Sanjay Kumar arrived at the Holy lodge to wish the CM on his birthday.
Celebrations at Virbhadra Singh’s private residence Holy Lodge had started early. Waqf board chairman Khwaja Khaleel Ullah brought a cake containing pictures of the CM and his family members.