Smelling Trouble, Vir Camps in Delhi as BJP Moves EC
Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh, facing corruption allegations from the BJP, on Wednesday told Congress leadership that the charges against him were baseless, even as the saffron party filed a complaint against him before the Election Commission.
The Chief Minister, who has been camping in the national capital in the hope of meeting party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi to present his side of the story, however, could only meet AICC general secretary in-charge of his state Ambika Soni. He seems to have convinced Soni and other leaders that he was being targeted by the BJP for reasons other than what was apparent. Virbhadra has been making all efforts to come out clean after the BJP accused him of favouring a power company owned by Vakamulla Chandresekher, in return for a loan to his wife Pratibha Singh.
Interestingly, Virbhadra also met Congress leader and ace lawyer Abhishek Manu Singhvi amidst talks that the former might file a case against BJP Yuva Morcha chief Anurag Thakur, who on Wednesday filed a complaint against him before the EC.
For the time being, the AICC is likely to back Virbhadra on the ground that several allegations were unsuccessfully brought against him in the past. However, it could be noted that neither Sonia nor Rahul gave him an audience.
In its compliant to the EC, the saffron party said the Himachal Pradesh CM had furnished wrong information in his affidavit before the poll body and sought action against him for allegedly taking bribes from a person, who was given permission to set up a power project in the state.
Thakur, who met Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath, also demanded cancellation of Virbhadra’s membership from the Himachal Assembly and his wife Pratibha’s membership from the Lok Sabha for concealing vital information in their election affidavits.