Himachal Pradesh 2017

Despite graft cases against him, why Virbhadra is still in power, asks Rajnath

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. File   | Photo Credit: PTI

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday quoted alleged misdeeds of Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and the corruption charges against him and appealed to all political parties and their leaders to “politely resign” if they were found guilty of corruption charge in any preliminary investigation.

“Otherwise, the people of this country are fast their losing faith in public representatives and democratic institutions,” he said.

The Minister addressed two rallies in the Balh and Nachan constituencies of Mandi in favour of the BJP candidates. He said the Chief Minister remained busy with defending himself in various corruption cases and could not pursue development projects despite significant financial assistance from the Centre.

“The previous Congress governments at the Centre were giving ₹11,000 crore in Central taxes and an assistance of ₹10,000 crore but the BJP government, without practising any prejudice, gave it [the State] ₹28,000 crore in Central taxes and ₹43,000 crore as assistance. But the Virbhadra government failed to use it for development,” he alleged.

Mr. Rajnath Singh expressed surprise that the Chief Minister was still ''holding on to power'' despite facing serious corruption charges and the filing of a charge sheet by the CBI. Such leaders were denigrating all public representatives. “No Minister in the present BJP government at the Centre is facing any corruption charges,” he claimed.

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BJP president Amit Shah advised Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to assess Mr. Virbhadra Singh’s ‘progress report of five years’ instead of questioning the BJP’s antecedents.

The Chief Minister had failed to develop the State’s infrastructure and had raised “a big army of drugs, liquor, and forest and mining mafias in the State,” he alleged.

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