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Chief Minister blames BJP for playing divisive politics Chief Minister blames BJP for playing divisive politics Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh turned table on opposition BJP today indicating that he was implicated in false cases on behest of its leaders. Mr. Singh who was addressing a public gathering in his assembly segment in this district alleged that BJP leaders of this hill state had always indulged in playing divisive politics. Charging saffron party for tactic he said that its leaders were trying to implicate him in false cases. Expressing confidence that recent CBI probe would not damage him at all stating that rather than harming his reputation these cases made me stronger, octogenarian leader asserted. ”I am sure that propaganda and cheap tactics would not last longer as truth prevails in the end” he said adding that citizens of this nation are well educated and would not become an easy prey of such tactics. Advising BJP leaders to shun mean character assassination Mr. Singh said they should accept the truth that incumbent congress rule is committed for all-round and speedy development of the entire state. Chief minister charged that his government had lodged cases against State Cricket Association led by BJP member of Lok Sabha from Hamirpur Mr. Anurag Thakur as during last BJP rule valuable land worth crores of rupees was handed over to the cricket body to raise five star hotels and cricket stadium at Dharamsala. Mr. Singh said that this land was shown barren after axing hundreds of trees standing on it. Overnight HPCA was converted to a company comprising of 25 members most of them are kith and kin of the former Chief Minsiter Prem Kumar Dhumal. He has demanded that HPCA should be registered under the co-operative act.

Holy dip in Himachal Pradesh to mark Makar Sankranti

Number of devotees took a dip in rivers early morning today on the occasion of  Makar Sankranti as it is considered a holy day across Himachal Pradesh.

Huge gatherings were reported at Tattapani, which is 50 km from Shimla, and Manikaran, a home to a Sikh shrine in Kullu district, for a holy dip in the Satluj and Parvati rivers.

Both Tattapani and Manikaran, known for hot springs with high sulphur concentration, witnessed a majority of devotees mainly from Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. A priest at Tattapani said that they are expecting a daily arrival of over 25,000 devotees on Makar Sankranti.

The devotees also took a holy bath in Vashisht temple, which is located on the outskirts of the popular tourist resort Manali. The temple is situated on the left bank of Beas river, and is well known for its hot springs.

Makar Sankranti is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of the country. It also indicates the beginning of longer and warmer days.

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