Dharamshala: Gurmukh Singh Bali, former high profile tourism minister today dismissed the need for a CBI inquiry into the clash between the Congress and BJP activists on the last day of the monsoon session at Shimla on Wednesday.
“BJP was in the habit of exaggerating even the smallest incidents and there was no need for a CBI enquiry into the incident, said Bali.
Talking to mediapersons while inaugurating a Reebok retail outlet Bali denied that there was a brutal baton charge on BJP workers during the clash. He said, “It was the BJP who tried to disrupt the congress rally at Shimla. Our party had obtained due permission from the district administration to hold the rally at the venue and BJP tried to forcefully encroach upon it, which caused the clash,” said Bali. The senior BJP leadership was to be blamed for it, he added.
Bali, who was made to resign from the state Cabinet a just a month ago, following a sting operation by a private news channel over a birthday bash party which showed him in company with dancing girls said that instead a “CBI inquiry was necessary for unearthing the corruption in the construction and management of Vivekananda Medical Research Trust (VMRT) under the chairmanship of former union minister Shanta Kumar.
About Balwant Singh, the state BSP president having reportedly offered to depose before the an inquiry committee looking into the birthday bash episode and name the politicians and bureaucrats seen at the party, GS Bali refused to comment, saying that the matter was sub-judice and he had nothing to say on it.