Shimla: The BJP today said that the congress like a losing gambler on his last gamble was stooping low by taking refuge in leveling baseless charges and resorting to character assassination in the election campaign.
Campaign incharge Satyapal Jain said that congress by questioning the functioning of Vivekanada Memorial Trust thorough media advertisements only showed that the ruling party had no election issue to make.
He said that in a board of nine there were two government nominees on the Vivekananda Memorial Trust and the two board members are the state health minister and the health secretary.
â€œChief Minister Virbhadra Singh by virtue of having remained the health minister for most part of the congress term was on the board of Vivekanada Memorial Trust and is equally responsible as other members in its functioning,â€ said Jain.
He claimed that the trust did annually audit it accounts and a copy of it was regularly sent to the government. â€œNot a single objection has been raised in five years,â€ he said.
The Vivekanada Memorial Trust carved out more than a decade ago with an objective of establishing a multi-facility specialty hospital at Palampur is headed by BJP national vice-president and former chief minister Shanta Kumar.
Responding to the disclosures made yesterday by chief minister Virbhadra Singh, about a controversial hard disk Jain said, the people were too smart to be befooled by such tactics.
â€œThe so called disclosure only shows the incompetence of the congress government. Being in power for five years, why the issues were not inquired into,â€ questioned Jain.
He sought to know whether the hard disk report released was made by the government or congress party. If it is a government release what action has the government taken over it,â€ he said.
He said that it needed to be recalled that serious charges over the Sagar Katha case and land scam have dogged chief minister Virbhadra Singh.
On the occasion Jain circulated a signed statement by six BJP contesting candidates, who had revolted against then BJP chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, stating that congress bereft of election issues was trying to rake up well settled issues.
â€œWhatever resentment or grouses we had against then chief minister Dhumal, were withdrawn at that time itself when true facts were brought to our notice,â€ the statement signed by Ramesh Chand Dhawala, Rajan Sushant, Des Raj, Kishan Kapoor, Dulo Ram and Hari Narian Singh does mention.