Terming registration of a corruption case against Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh a ‘serious issue’, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said the CM should resign on moral grounds.
Addressing a press conference in Shimla, BJP general secretary Rajiv Bindal said it was indeed a black day in the history of the state.
“Chief minister should step down on moral grounds, in the interest of the state,” he said.
Trashing the allegation that BJP was using CBI against its political opponents, Bindal said that the party was actually annoyed with the investigating agency for delay in registering case against Singh despite evidence against him.
Bindal also said that allegations against the BJP leaders should not be compared with this case. “Those are just allegations but this was a clear-cut case of corrupion,” he said.
The CBI on Saturday registered a case against Virbhadra Singh and his wife Pratibha to probe allegations that the former union steel minister amassed disproportionate assets worth Rs 6.03 crore during his stint in 2009-12.
It also carried out searches on premises at 13 locations in Himachal Pradesh and New Delhi - including Singh’s official and private residences (Holy Lodge in Shimla and Jantar Mantar in central Delhi), an ancestral palace (’Padam Palace’ at Rampur Bushahr), and Mehrauli-based farmhouse - of the other accused named in the FIR and unnamed suspects.