Himachal Youth Congress president Vikramaditya Singh, who is Himachal chief minister Virbhadra Singh's son, called the release of the compact disc containing conversations of a senior Congress party minister in the Himachal cabinet "yet another conspiracy" by members of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.
"The surfacing of such audio CDs is not new in the state's political history. In the past too such fabricated CDs have surfaced with purported conversations of senior leaders, including Virbhadra Singh, indulging in illegal financial transactions. However, they could not stand trial in the courts and the petition of the prosecution was thrown out by the sessions court and a clean chit given to the accused during the previous BJP regime," he said.
"The timing of the surfacing of this audio CD is very much questionable as there are rumours of internal dissidence within the ruling dispensation, which is nothing but a concoction of the opposition to create imbalance in the government as they are issues to take on the government. They are indulging in such cheap gimmicks," Vikramaditya added.
"Former chief minister PK Dhumal always seemed to have a fascination for such acts of espionage and it was under his regime that such things flourished and were encouraged in the state. In the present context also there seems to be an effort to create misconception amongst senior Congressmen going by the contents of the letter which accompanied the audio CD. The entire Youth Congress is rock solid behind senior Congress minister Kaul Singh Thakur and sees this as an act of cowardice on the part of the opposition to tarnish the image of a well reputed Congress leader. We strongly condemn such an act and will follow it up with a statewide agitation and demand an impartial probe by the state government to bring the culprits to book in a time bound manner," he said.