A day after health minister Kaul Singh Thakur asserted upon fixing a retirement age for politicians; chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday said there was no retirement age in politics. The chief minister stated this on sidelines of a function organised to commemorate the 125th birth anniversary of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar at the Congress headquarters here.
“There is neither any retirement age in politics, nor is there any such example from across the world. Whether to remain in politics or retire from the same is an individual’s choice,” Singh said, adding that the health minister had had a word with him and clarified that he (Thakur) had been “misquoted” by the mediapersons. “All that he said was his personal opinion,” the CM said. He blamed former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, his parliamentarian son Anurag Thakur and union finance minister Arun Jaitley for allegedly hatching conspiracy to malign him politically.
On setting up a scheduled caste commission, Singh said, “We will introduce the bill for the same in the winter session of the assembly this year. In case there is a need to setup the panel at the earliest, the government will bring the ordinance before introducing it in the Vidhan Sabha,” the CM said.
He added that Dr Ambedkar had advocated equal rights and opportunities for all throughout his life and it was due to his efforts that various acts and laws, providing equal status to all sections of societies, were introduced in the Constitution. Singh said the state government would soon bring legislation in the assembly to enact SC Commission in the state for the welfare of the community.
He also said the state government had taken various steps to fulfil the dreams of Dr Ambedkar and various schemes have been launched for the welfare of the SC community.
BJP tried to wipe out Ambedkar’s legacy: Selja
Lok Sabha member from Ambala, Kumari Selja, said it was the hidden agenda of the Bharatiya Janata Partuy (BJP) led NDA government to eliminate reservation in government jobs. “The BJP has always tried to wipe out Ambedkar’s legacy. Earlier, the party, when assumed power, had tried to change constitute of the country,” she said.
Meanwhile, addressing the convention, All India Congress Committee SC department chairman K Raju said the Congress party believed in Dr Ambedkar’s ideology and urged the party workers to unite all the SCs and marginalised sections of society with the party. Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu also spoke on the occasion.