Himachal poll battle gets personal: Congress' Virbhadra Singh attacks BJP's Prem Kumar Dhumal

The war of veterans in Himachal Pradesh got a bit personal over who fought corruption better as chief minister Virbhadra Singh, 83 attacked BJP chief ministerial nominee Prem Kumar Dhumal, 73.

Published: 04th November 2017 01:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 04th November 2017 01:17 PM   |  A+A-

Clash of the titans ahead of Himachal polls | Congress' Virbhadra Singh (left) and BJP's Prem Kumar Dhumal (right). | File Photos

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NEW DELHI: The war of veterans in Himachal Pradesh got a bit personal over who fought corruption better as chief minister Virbhadra Singh, 83 attacked BJP chief ministerial nominee Prem Kumar Dhumal, 73 saying his two sons had been out on bail in a corruption case since 2013.

“DhumalHP Ji, your remarks on BJP’s supposed fight against corruption made me laugh. Last time I saw, your own sons were out on bail,” Singh tweeted.

The Congress leader was referring to a 2013 corruption case related to state cricket association in which Dhumal and his two sons Anurag Thakur and Arun Dhumal got bail.

Virbhadra’s remark came a day after PM Modi attacked the HP Congress saying the party has become a laughing club as the chief minister himself was out on bail.

“Ur party’s main achievement is ‘ease of doing corruption’ @AmitShah & son’s miracle of 16,000 times lucre hike happens only in BJP rule,” Singh hit back referring to the recent controversy around the abnormal profits of the BJP chief’s son Jay Shah.

Virbhadra, who is spearheading the Congress campaign in the hill state, said the BJP was targeting him personally as it had no counter to development done in the past five years.

“BJP’s fear of real Vikas, as being witnessed in Himachal Pradesh today, is the reason why personal attacks on me is your main agenda,” Singh tweeted.

The chief minister cited the CBI and ED raid on his premises on September 26, 2015 when his daugther was getting married to support his charge of political witch hunt by the BJP.

“Let’s not forget the time when your party chose a joyous day of wedding of my daughter, Himachal’s daughter, to carry out a CBI raid,” Singh tweeted.

Playing the emotional card, the Congress veteran said that people of Himachal Pradesh will give a befitting reply to the BJP’s slanderous campaign against him in the November 9 election.

 

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