Irrespective of election outcome, present government will complete term: Virbhadra

Shimla: Irrespective of the December election outcome, the present government would complete its term, chief minister Virbhadra Singh stated before the media today.

He said that the Election Commission could have averted the constitutional crisis had it rescheduled the poll dates to accommodate logistic concerns of conducting a winter poll in the state.

Claiming that the congress would return to power with a big majority, the chief minister said it was wrong to construe that the congress party was afraid of facing the electorate. Referring to declared BSP chief ministerial candidate Vijay Singh Mankotia’s statements, he said that people who were yet to prove their electoral worth were making the loudest noise.

He said that announcement of the elections to the assembly even when the present one was yet to complete its term was unprecedented. The state government was not consulted, nor have the genuine concerns of conducting a poll been heard. But now that the dates stand finalized, the matter is closed, said Virbhadra.

He said the BJP feared the development agenda of the congress government. The states achievements had been appreciated in national and international forums.

Many important announcements and development projects which have been completed could not be inaugurated as the code of conduct has come into effect.

The government was to consider giving unemployment allowance and raising of retirement age, when the sudden enforcement of code of conduct for elections has been thrust on the state, said the chief minister.

He said that even though the congress is set to return to power, the present government would continue to discharge its constitutional mandate till March 9 when the it term ends. The next set of elected members will only take over after that, he added.

He said the Hamirpur and Shimla water supply schemes stand completed, so does the Tanda Medical College in Kangra. These projects would be formally inaugurated after the code of conduct is lifted in by the New Year. The Tanda Medical College would be dedicated to the people on 1st of January, 2008, said Virbhadra.

He also said that the foundation stones for the Indian Institute of Technology in Mandi, a Central University in Kangra and the Bhanupali-Bilaspur railway line would be laid by this government, before the expiry of the present governments’ term.

He said that the congress party was totally united and there was no leadership dispute. He said that on the basis of the past performance, he would lead the state party to seek a fresh mandate from the people where as the BJP was a divided house, for the Shanta and Dhumal factions were fighting it out openly.

About former communication minister Sukh Ram reported statement of conditional support for the congress party if his son was not given a ticket this time, Virbhadra said that Sukh Ram had denied having made such a statement.

However, the chief minister said that Sukh Ram’s son would be given a ticket in the forthcoming election.

About other candidates, he said that loyalty to the party and winability would be the main considerations for selecting right candidates.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik leads a team of media professionals at Hill Post. Spanning a career of over two decades in mass communication, as a Documentary Filmmaker, TV journalist, Print Media journalist and with Online & Social Media, he brings with him a vast experience. He lives in Shimla.

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  1. says: Dinesh

    Seems Virbhadra Singh has accepted defeat without even contesting. If psychological battle is lost how can he win real challenge? Above that Congress and BJP both are broken houses. BJP has no CM candidate and every one in state knows Dhumal and Shanta are fighting for it. So that clearly gives wrong signal. I mean no one is combine house right now from major parties. As such no one has any major issue also as growth does not seems issue as India as whole is moving forward. However BSP seems good on a lighter note, as they have at least declared Major Mankotia as CM candidate and above that provided him helicopter for campaigning , I mean for aam aadmi he is looking as great candidate. Only BJP president is making statements! Good Luck to the state which has no GREAT LEADER left! As BJP is fighting and Congress has vacuum already after Virbhadra as he has crushed his own party people and no one is star campaigner there.

  2. says: RKS Himachali

    “There was no constitutional crisis as the law is very clear on this matter”, these were the words of CEC that were stated yesterday.
    Today CM again mentioned about the constitutional crises when he said – “Election Commission could have averted the constitutional crisis had it rescheduled the poll dates..”.
    Such conflicting statements are highly misleading to the public. I think people propagating false statements must be brought to book by the speaker of truth itself or by the judiciary in greater public interest.
    I do not have an in depth knowledge of law but have a high regard and faith in the people holding constitutional posts unlike the people in politics who can go to any extent for the power hunger.

  3. says: pooja kashyap

    It’s an uphill task for Congress to come out with flying colors….guess ppl would give BSP a chance this time….

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