Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Mr. Virbhadra Singh today paid floral tributes to the founder of Himachal Pradesh and first Chief Minister Dr. Y.S. Parmar before his historic statue at Ridge Maidan this morning.
After offering the floral tributes before the statue of Dr. Parmar, Mr. Singh said that he waged a struggle to carve out Himachal after bringing more than 55 princely estates of united Punjab. He said that people of the State are owed to Mr. Parmar. This hill state never looked back and marched forward with pace after its formation and now it has become the model State of the country among other hill states.
Later Mr. Singh also offered floral tributes before the portrait of Dr. Parmar in another program organized by the Vidhan Sabha secretariat in the Parmar Bhavan. Mr. Singh upheld the decision of the State cabinet to bring historic Bhagwan Raghunath Shrine under the State control forming a government trust. The State Government has taken this decision for better look after and care of the shrine management. He said that now this matter was seized over the State High Court and the Government would present its version through the advocate general to facilitate the takeover of the shrine.
The Five day Himachal Pradesh Assembly session beginning from August 22 is likely to be stormy as Mr. Singh’s LIC agent is behind the bar for Rs. 6 Crore alleged money laundering case lodged by the Enforcement Directorate and wife of Mr. Singh have been summoned by the ED for the joint interrogation during this investigation. The Chief Minister had to move before the Delhi High Court for seeking protection from arrest in the case as his plea was pending before the Court to hear again on August 19 this month.