Shimla: The Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) today shown solidarity with Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh and rejected the opposition’s allegations against him. The Congress termed the graft allegations levelled by leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley and Hamirpur MP Anurag Thakur, malicious and politically motivated.

In a joint state statement issued here today, HPCC President Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, Vice President Chander Kumar, Kailash Prashar, Gangu Ram Musafir, Geeta Negi, General Secretary Ajay Mahajan, Ravi Thakur and Spokespersons Kuldeep Pathania and Naresh Chauhan said that there was nothing new in the allegations as BJP leaders, in a press conference organised in Shimla in December 2012, had levelled same allegations against Himachal CM and the charges were even rejected by general public who had voted Singh into power for a record sixth time.

The Congress leaders believes that there is no truth in these allegations and the opposition party is just trying to divert the attention of general public by falsely maligning the image of Virbhadra Singh. In their statement Congress leaders said

“As our Chief Minister had reiterated that he is ready for CBI probe and he will co-operate in the investigations conducted by the agency, we also want these two BJP leaders to prove the charges or quit politics as Virbhadra Singh had also promised to do so if proved guilty,”

They alleged that the opposition was afraid about its prospects in upcoming Lok Sabha elections after seeing response to its rally in its home turf on December 25, 2013 at Hamirpur that was organised to mark the first anniversary of Congress led government in the state and its achievements in the last one year.

They alleged that during its five year term, BJP has indulged in the loot of natural resources of the state and the state government had already ordered vigilance inquiry into various corruption cases as phone tapping, benami land deals and HPCA in which Dhumal’s family members are facing several cases.