Virbhadra Singh, while addressing mediapersons along with health minister Kaul Singh Thakur, panchayati raj minister Anil Sharma and excise and taxation minister Prakash Chaudhary here on Sunday, said Congress will write to Election Commission (EC) to inquire source of funds the BJP is spending on advertisements.
“Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is selling Narendra Modi like toothpaste, soap or oil through commercials on television, and the Congress will write to EC to inquire about the source of funds behind BJP spending,” said chief minister Virbhadra Singh.
Virbhadra said that BJP had “over-exposed” Modi and trying to project him as a visionary of development, and people were fed up with the “repeated and fictitious claims of BJP and Modi and switch off the TV as soon as he appears on screen”.
“Modi has divided the BJP into many groups and leaders like former Prime Minister AB Vajpayee, LK Advani and Jaswant Singh have been sidelined. Now the BJP is a group of opportunists led by Modi” said Virbhadra.
He further said that the Congress has requested EC to stop pre-poll surveys as they had no authentic grounds and misled voters.
While replying to a statement of former chief minister PK Dhumal over change of state government immediately after Lok Sabha polls, Virbhadra said that Dhumal “disrespected Indian Constitution”.
“We (the state government) have been elected by the people and there is no provision to oust an elected government prior to a period of five years. We will serve the people for rest of our tenure. Dhumal should refrain from issuing such illogical and unconstitutional statements,” said Virbhadra.
He further said that Congress is never against cricket and sports, but the way Dhumal, his two sons and their near and dear, mostly from Jalandhar, have hijacked state lands and cricket stadiums throughout the state in the name of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) is definitely “a crime”.
“I have no personal enmity with Dhumal and his son, whereas Dhumal always behaved with a revengeful attitude whenever BJP came to power and tried to involve me in criminal cases,” said Virbhadra, adding that Dhumal should learn ethics of democratic politics and should avoid holding political rivalry as personal enmity.