Even as the recent money-laundering case against him by the Enforcement Directorate has fuelled the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) campaign to oust the Congress government in the state, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday questioned the Centre on the status of the previous CBI probe during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
“Central government is not revealing the report of the earlier Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) report and instead has ordered another probe against me and my family members,” Singh said here, while addressing a public rally organised by his son and Himachal Pradesh Youth Congress president Vikramaditya Singh against the “anti-people” policies of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government.
“The central government will have to reveal the status of the previous CBI report. I have been informed that the CBI had submitted the report before the Delhi high court,” he told the gathering at Ambedkar Chowk.
“Ahead of the assembly elections, the present Union finance minister Arun Jaitley had levelled series of allegations against me, which were forwarded to the CBI for a probe. Thereafter, the CBI had prepared a report, which has gone ‘missing’,” he alleged.
Terming the central government action against him, regarding his assets, illegal, Singh dared the central government to order any kind of probe against him.
“I will not be cowed down by any probe against me, be it by the CBI or the enforcement directorate, or even if the Centre wishes to seek assistance from the Scotland Yard or the Federal Bureau of Investigation,” Singh quipped.
“This is not for the first time that I am facing a CBI probe. Earlier, too, I was given a clean chit by the agency,” he said, adding that cases and probes against him had been initiated under a well-conceived political conspiracy.
“This time, too, the central investigating agencies are trying to implicate me. But let me make one thing clear, I have the mandate of the people,” he said, while terming his predecessor Prem Kumar Dhumal a “conspirator”.
“Not even the next three generations of Dhumal can wipe me out from Himachal Pradesh,” the CM said.
On the occasion, transport minister GS Bali said the Congress was united, while industries minister Mukesh Agnihotri said the party and the government was rock solid and termed the outcome of the Bihar elections “a starting point in BJP’s fall from grace”.
Former education minister Asha Kumari said the Congress government would continue in power even in the next assembly elections due in 2017. Irrigation and public health minister Vidya Stokes was also present at the rally.
The rally venue was dotted with all sorts of posters hitting out at the Modi government. While some posters carried caricatures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi depicting price rise, others highlighted his failure to create jobs in the country.
‘Dhumal feels threatened from me’
The chief minister also mocked at BJP’s campaign “Virbhadra Singh Hatao Pradesh Bachao (remove Virbhadra Singh to save the state)” to oust him.
“Actually, Prem Kumar Dhumal feels threatened from me. He feels that if I remain in power, he would be diminished politically. Actually the name of their campaign should have been ‘Virbhadra Singh Hatao Dhumal Bachao (remove Virbhadra Singh to save Dhumal)’,” he said, while heaping praises on former BJP chief minister Shanta Kumar.