No plan to join any other political party: Virbhadra
Setting aside all speculations of breaking away from the Congress party with which he was associated for the past half a century, former Union minister Virbhadra Singh today said he had no plans to join any other political outfit, including the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).chandigarh Updated: Jul 30, 2012 23:28 IST
Setting aside all speculations of breaking away from the Congress party with which he was associated for the past half a century, former Union minister Virbhadra Singh on Monday said he had no plans to join any other political outfit, including the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
Talking to mediapersons here about his role in the coming assembly elections, he said, "I will prefer to remain in the background rather than take wrong decisions, though I know that my decision to remain in the background will be detrimental for the party."
Vibhadra Singh was here to condole the death of his former colleague and former Una MLA Virender Gautam, who died on Thursday.
Taking a dig at his bête-noir Thakur Kaul Singh, he said that the Congress party's top leadership in state was acting like darbaris (court employees) of chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal. He went on to add, "Under the present Congress scenario in state, the party will not get a majority in the coming elections."
Replying to queries, Virbhadra Singh said he had differences with the Congress leadership in state and the Centre on certain issues.
"I have let known my reservations to the party high command and it is for them to take decisions and act on them," he said, adding, "You cannot think of contesting elections, when the house is in disorder."
Continuing to vent his ire against the "deteriorating state of affairs" in Congress, former Union minister said, "I accept that there is a section of people within the Congress party whose target is not Prem Kumar Dhumal, but Virbhadra Singh," adding, "Such persons, who hold high posts in the Congress party are Dhumal's close friends. They only wear the Congress mask, but otherwise are with Dhumal."
Virbhadra clarified that he had not resigned from the post of the chairman of the Election Campaign Committee and added that he had merely expressed his reservations on the members of the committee, some of whom were unable to walk, some were unable to talk while some were unknown faces in the Congress.
"I offered to resign from the committee since I was not confident whether the committee will be able to perform its task or not," he said.
Referring to his differences with the Congress party, Virbhadra said there were irregularities in the organisational elections held in state. Further, he said bogus nominations were being made in state, district and block committees to an extent that the number of persons in the executive committees exceeded the norms.
Moreover, he added that not even a single meeting of the general house of the state Congress party has been held and the executive body has met only once, in which only about one third members were present.
Virbhadra said that the very foundation of the state party unit was based on conspiracies. Reacting to reports about GS Bali's race towards the post of the CM, he said, "People are already aware of his antecedents and knows that he is not a serious candidate."
He said he was satisfied with Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit being made the chairperson of the screening committee for selecting party candidates for the coming elections and added that Dikshit was a senior and seasoned party leader and that he had full faith and confidence in her.
On being asked what would be his course of action if people with "mass base" were not given the party ticket, Virbhadra quipped, "I am not sure about future."
He reiterated that a substantial number of leaders with mass base were with him.
The Congress leader denied that there was any dialogue with Maheshwar Singh's Himachal Lokhit Party. Referring to the BJP, the Congress leader said Dhumal was no great warhorse. "Dhumal is a Colossus with a feet of clay," he remarked adding that he can be easily defeated, but the Congress leadership was with Dhumal.