Shimla: With Virbhadra Singh being made election campaign in charge for Himachal, BJP spokesman Randhir Sharma held out that the party intended to play the contentious CD during election.
Not before setting its house in order has BJP today launched a broadside against an recharged Congress saying that Virbhadra’s resignation from the union cabinet was a compulsion as a court had framed charges in corruption case.
Talking to reporters Sharma rubbished allegations of the court case being a conspiracy hatched by BJP, he said that such baseless charges mounted to contempt of court, for it was the court after sifting through evidence presented that a prima facie corruption case was made out and charges framed against Virbhadra and his wife on June 25, 2012.
Nowhere were BJP leaders involved in either recording or releasing of the telephone audio recording that has led to framing of corruption charges against the senior congress leader, he said.
“Virbhadra has been saying that the issue would be taken before the people,” he said adding, “BJP will play the audio CD in public and let the public decide where the truth lies.”
About Virbhadra being made campaign incharge by Congress, Sharma said that it would only benefit BJP, “for it only reinforces the prevailing view that Congress does not consider corruption to be a serious issue and the party rewards tainted leaders.”
Alluding to the closed door meeting of senior BJP leadership at Chandigarh on Sunday, the spokesman denied that there was any rift between party vice-prsident Shanta Kumar and chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal.
Shanta Kumar would participate in the joint election campaign where ever the party needed his services, he said.
The party would seek to be re-elected on basis of the development carried in the last five years and would also present its case of being discriminated against in the annual and railway budget, reducing the industrial package for Himachal and reductions in state quota of kerosene oil, food grains and rising prices, he said.