BJP`s support to Anna Hazare `hypocritical`: Virbhadra
Last Updated: Thursday, April 07, 2011, 21:14
New Delhi: Terming BJP's support to Anna Hazare's fast-unto-death for a stronger anti-corruption law as "hypocritical", Union minister Virbhadra Singh on Thursday alleged that states like Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh ruled by the party were immersed in corruption.

"This is simply hypocrisy (BJP extending support to Hazare in his anti-corruption campaign)," Singh, a senior Congress leader from Himachal Pradesh and five times chief minister of the state, told agency.

"The saffron party which is projecting itself as a crusader against corruption should first explain why there is so much corruption in Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh where it is in power," the Union minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, said.

Singling out HP Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, Singh, locked in political fight with Dhumal for long, said he has put the state on "sale" to builders and "doubtful" private universities.

"Dhumal is offering land at low prices by relaxing Section 118 of the HP Land Act to builders and private universities of doubtful credentials," Singh alleged.

He referred to land offered to noted builders like DLF to build luxury villas in Shimla and famous tourist spot of Kasauli to buttress his charge.

Besides, the BJP government has offered concessional land to many private universities whose credentials are doubtful, he alleged.

Making a scathing attack on the BJP government in HP, which is now in the fourth year of its present term, Singh, the six times MP and five times MLA from the state, said, "He will give only two marks on a scale of 10 to the Dhumal ministry for its performance in the present term."

Asked for the logic behind giving just two marks to Dhumal, he said, "This is because Dhumal has become CM of the state for a second time which is the only achievement he can boast of."

Asked if he would like to return to his home state to lead Congress in the Assembly elections due in 2012, the septuagenarian leader, said he would act on the direction of the party high command.

"I have had a long innings in politics and am left with no desire...but will not run away from the duty assigned by the Congress high command to me," Singh popularly knowns as "Raja Saheb" in the state due to his princely background, said.


First Published: Thursday, April 07, 2011, 21:14

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