Chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Saturday started a three-day tour of the Hamirpur district, the heartland of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and took a dig at the saffron party there.
Singh told people the BJP had done nothing for them and that the Hamirpur district owed its development to the Congress party.
While visiting Hamirpur and Sujanpur assembly segments of the district, Singh targeted the BJP and its leaders mainly Prem Kumar Dhumal and Anurag Thakur.
He alleged that the Dhumals were busy in a vicious campaign against him and his family. “But their motive would not yield favorable results as my slate is clean,” he said.
While talking to reporters at Patlander, Singh said the CBI had already investigated into his property details but found nothing incriminating.
He, however, said the Dhumals were afraid of the Vigilance Bureau conducting an inquiry into their assets.
Talking about the Central University issue, the chief minister clarified that it would be located in the areas adjoining to Dharamshala. However, some of the colleges of the University could be located in the Dehra area, he added.
Virbhadra Singh also termed as baseless the allegations by Anurag Thakur that the chief minister never bothered about the letters written to him by the opposition leaders concerning the demands of the people. “He is yet to mature politically. He is still a novice in the political set up despite advancement of his age,” Singh said, and asked Anurag Thakur to give statements or speak on political issues after proper verifications.
The chief minister also hit out at the Central government for ignoring Himachal Pradesh in matters of development and said not even a single penny had been received by the state for development since the dawn of BJP-led government in New Delhi.
Earlier, the chief minister dedicated projects worth `28 crore to the people of the district. He said Hamirpur had become a major centre of politics and credit for this went to the Congress party.
He said Hamirpur, once a tehsil of Kangra district, was given district status due to the efforts of Congress government. He said the government has also decided to open three medical colleges in the state and one of them in Hamirpur district, for which a provision of `190 crore had been made.