On A day when the Congress government in Himachal completed 100 days in power,Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said the state Vigilance and Anti-Corruption Bureau has been told to expedite probe into all scams pertaining to the previous BJP regime. At the same time,he maintained that the governments focus will be on development and not on wasting time on inquiries and probes.
He also claimed that the defamation case,which he had filed against former minister Major (retd) Vijai Singh Mankotia in the controversial audio CD case,will continue. The case is in court and it will continue, he told mediapersons on Wednesday.
The governments immediate priority was to restore confidence of the people,provide better service and fulfil the promises made in the election manifesto. The government has taken some major steps to meet the promises,besides initiating new policy initiatives during the last 100 days. I am sure the people must be breathing in the fresh air and feeling positive about these decisions, Virbhadra told mediapersons.
Claiming that he would remain undeterred by BJPs criticism,Virbhadra said: As long as I enjoy confidence of the people,criticism by BJP will not affect me… All case of illegal land deals involving Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan,HPCA hotel at Dharamsala,Bambloie builders and other high-profile cases will be probed.
Asked whether the inquiry he had ordered into the Congress chargesheet against the BJP government,will reach a logical end,Virbhadra said: Vigilance have been asked to expedite the inquiry. There have been so many scams during the BJP regime. But let me tell you that while a probe is held,the government will not lose sight of its larger agenda on development. Unlike BJP government,I will not waste valuable time in fabricating cases or holding inquiries.
On telephone tapping,the CM said: The Vigilance agency has been entrusted with the case not to probe but to take action. Under Congress regime,People can talk freely and fearlessly.
Virbhadra also rejected BJPs charge party MLAs and activities of Opposition leaders over under surveillance in the Vidhan Sabha complex. Replying to BJP MLA Ravinder Ravi in the House,Virbhadra said: Days of snooping and telephone tapping are over. Policemen and CID personnel deployed in Vidhan Sabha and elsewhere are just doing their duty.
Mankotia was re-admitted in the Congress after Virbhadra was the made PCC president in the run-up to the Assembly polls. The CD in question allegedly contained a conversation of Virbhadra and his wife with IAS officer Mohinder Lal and some industrialists regarding monetary transactions for them to invest in the state. It was released by Mankotia in 2007 when Virbhadra was the chief minister.