The BJP on Wednesday sharpened its attack against Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh accusing him of promoting “Vikramadiya model of development” and corruption as the Congress government in Haryana implemented “Damad model of development”. Party spokesman Sambit Patra, who addressed a press conference here, also hit out at Virbhadra Singh for perpetuating dynasty politics by getting tickets allotted not to his son alone, but also to kin of other Congress politicians. About the election affidavit filed by Vikramaditya Singh, Patra said from being a dependent in 2012 as par CM’s affidavit having no assets, Vikramaditya had become an owner of Rs 84 crore assets. About corruption cases against Virbhadra, he said:”Himachal is run by a zamanti sarkar, which is neck deep in corruption and scams .Why should the people of Himachal Pradesh vote such a government?” He expressed satisfaction over poll survey telecast on a TV channel predicting return of the BJP to power after five years.
Patra, however, found himself in a tight spot while replying to questions on BJP inducting former Union minister Sukh Ram and his minister son, Anil Sharma, in the party ahead of the polls and also giving ticket to Sharma from Mandi.
Asked for reasons why the BJP accepted Sukh Ram despite his conviction in telecom scam, he said: “This question has already been answered in detail by Sukh Ram. He has made his position clear”. He ducked questions on how the BJP would ask for votes for Anil Sharma, especially when the party was highlighting corruption and dynasty politics against Virbhadra Singh and others. Patra also declined to answer questions on party not naming its CM candidate. He said it was not the job of the spokesman to make an announcement as who will be party’s face for CM. There is nothing usual in this move of not declaring a CM face, he added.