Reacting sharply to the claims of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) that many Congress MLAs were in touch with the party, Congress today said that the BJP was “frustrated” after the politically motivated CBI raids at the residence of Chief minister Virbhadra Singh “backfired.”
“The claim of BJP is ridiculous as it is frustrated by the unity in Congress which stood by the Chief Minister after raids by CBI at the residences of chief minister on the day of his daughter’s marriage and the action had been condemned by all party MLAs, HPCC leaders and even the public,” Himachal Pradesh’s Chief Congress spokesman Naresh Chauhan said in a statement here.
BJP’s Himachal Pradesh general secretary Randhir Sharma today claimed that many Congress MLAs, who are “not happy” with functioning of the Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister, are in touch with the party.
“Entire Congress party and all MLAs are with CM Virbhadra Singh and even our party high command including AICC President Sonia Gandhi had extended support to him despite such malicious agenda and vindictive attitude of Modi government,” he said.
Chauhan said that all party MLAs, Cabinet ministers and HPCC office bearers along with DCC presidents under the chairmanship of HPCC President Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu and senior leader and IPH Minister Vidya Stokes had submitted a memorandum to the President of India Pranab Mukherjee against the misuse of government machinery to conduct raid at CM’s residence on the day of his daughter’s marriage.
“A delegation of Cabinet Ministers, MLAs, HPCC office bearers and DCC Presidents under the chairmanship of HPCC President Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu and senior leader and IPH Minister Vidya Stokes had also met AICC President Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi yesterday and had extended support to CM Virbhadra Singh,” he said.
Chauhan said that it was unfortunate that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government was working in a dictatorial style and was misusing CBI.
Accusing the NDA government of adopting double standards on the issue of corruption, Chauhan said, “There cannot be double standards on the issue of corruption as the Modi government was silent on Vyapam and Lalit Gate scandals, allegedly involving Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Chief Ministers and External Affair Minister but the government did not take any action.”