Virbhadra vows to bring Cong to power in 100 days

Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh who resigned from the Union cabinet after framing of charges in a corruption case,on Sunday rolled out a ‘100-day road map’ to bring Congress back in power in state.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Published: July 2, 2012 3:29 am

Former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh who resigned from the Union cabinet after framing of charges in a corruption case,on Sunday rolled out a ‘100-day road map’ to bring Congress back in power in state.

He said that AICC president Sonia Gandhi has sent him to Himachal Pradesh to oust the “most corrupt and vindictive” Prem Kumar Dhumal-led Bharatiya Janata Party government

“I am confident of meeting Sonia Gandhi’s expectations. A Congress government will be in place after 100 days in Himachal. The new government will probe all corruption and illegal land sale cases. Special courts will be set-up to try all politicians that have been accused,” Singh said.

The former Union minister,who was given a warm welcome by party workers enroute Shimla from Kalka,said cases against him were “false and fabricated” and hatched by the chief minister and DGP D S Manhas.

He said the case would fall as it doesn’t have any legal standing since it is based on a fake audio-CD.

“It’s not a corruption case but an act of political vendetta,which I will fight both on the legal and political front and prove that charges were designed to finish my political career. It’s a war against Dhumal,which I am going to take to the streets and win with backing of the people,” Singh said.

Stating that Dhumal’s days were numbered,Singh said that the chief minister looted the state in past four-and-a-half years and should stop framing political adversaries.

He recalled that Dhumal,during his earlier tenure also,had submitted a chargesheet to the Central Bureau of Investigation against him (Singh) but the agency gave him a clean chit. “This time the chief minister has crossed the limits of decency and booked me in a case,which has no head or tail,” Singh said,adding that even the court has refused to consider the CD as evidence and two prime witnesses have turned hostile.

‘Jaypee group favoured’

Congress MLA Sukhwinder Sukhu on Sunday alleged that the BJP government in state had doled out heavy concessions to Jaypee group for the company’s Karcham Wangtoo (1,000 MW) hydel project,its University at Wakhnaghat and the controversial cement plant. “The company was not asked to follow a competitive bidding route for Karcham Wangtoo project and a supplementary agreement was signed by the government to give relief to the company,which enhanced the capacity of the project from 1,000 MW to 1,200 MW without seeking mandatory approvals,” Sukhu said,adding that Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal owes an explanation to the state.

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