With the fresh registration of a preliminary enquiry by CBI against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Mr. Virbhadra Singh, pressure has started building on the octogenarian leader to quit once again.
A battery of former cabinet ministers and senior leaders including Mr. Gulab Singh Thakur, a former Congress minister and Vidhan Sabha Speaker, BJP leaders Mr. Ravinder Singh Ravi, Mr. Rajiv Bindal and Narendra Bragta on friday said the Chief Minister has no moral right to continue in office and it becomes necessary for him to quit to support an impartial enquiry into the serious allegations of corruption against him.
A senior BJP leaders in a statement has also expressed surprise that Mr. Singh is now blaming former Chief Minister and their leader Mr. Prem Kumar Dhumal and his family responsible for the registration of the case.
“How Mr. Dhumal could be blamed for the wrong doings of Mr. Singh who had re-filed his income tax assessments after showing the orchard income swelling from a few lakhs to crores of rupees when he was the Union Steel Minister” as concluded by one of the leaders from BJP.
The leaders alleged that corruption has reached new heights under the incumbent leadership of Congress in an otherwise quite hill State and Mr. Singh is solely responsible for this. They appealed to the other honest and dedicated Congress leaders to not succumb and yield to his threats and tactics now and demand his immediate resignation.
The Aam Aadmi Party has also demanded his immediate resignation and said the tainted leaders like him should have been sacked much before. The Himachal Lokhit Party has also questioned the role of Chief Minister and has announced its withdrawal of support to the government. It has also alleged the non-fulfillment of the elections promise made by the Congress before the elections.
“The truth should come before the people”, said State party secretary and central committee member Onkar Shad. The State CPI-M has also demanded an impartial enquiry against the Chief Minister.