War of words between Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party escalated further on Monday, with chief minister Virbhadra Singh sidetracking claims of Opposition that the officers were indulged in phone tapping of leaders.
“Allegations of phone tapping are absolutely false. It is not happening at all,” the chief minister told mediapersons here on Monday. “BJP leaders are making false claims to derive political mileage,” Virbhadra said, adding that the records of tapped telephonically conversation had to be destroyed with the stipulated period of six months.
“No officer can tap phones without permission from the government,” said, adding that permissions were granted to tap phones of those involved in offences. Former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Sunday had accused the officers of indulging in phone tapping.
Meanwhile, Virbhadra also hit out at the BJP for making hue and cry over setting up of central university in Dharamsala. “The government had decided to set up the main campus in Dharamsala, while the other colleges associated with the university will be set up at Dehra,” he said.
The chief minister also took jibe at Hamirpur Lok Sabha member and Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha's national head Anurag Thakur for his statement over the central university. “His statements reflect narrow political ends. Anurag is not the master lord of the central government who will decide on the matter,” the CM said, suggesting Anurag to desist from making “irresponsible” statements. BJP had strongly been advocating for setting up one campus of the university at Dehra.
The previous government had decided to split the university in two campuses- the Beas campus in Dehra, while Dhauldhar in Dharamsala. Virbhadra's cabinet recently gave its nod for setting up the central university in Dharamsala. Congress legislator from Jawalamukhi Sanjay Rattan also called on the chief minister urging him to set up colleges of the central university at Dehra.
The CM said that his party did not believe in sided development of the state. “We consider Himachal as one state. Our views are not confined to one constituency,” he said.