Shimla: Veteran politician and chief minister Virbhadra Singh, who on celebrating his 81st birthday here today reflected about his long innings in public life as, “If I would not have been a politician I would have preferred to be a lecturer and would have adopted teaching as a whole time profession.”
Recalling his foray into politics, he said, “it was a co-incident that in the year 1962, Mrs Indira Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri on the advice of then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, picked me to contest the Lok Sabha seat from Mahasu constituency. Since then there has been no looking back.”
Virbhadra who has been penning his take on the turn of events in his life in an autobiography said on the occasion, “I will definitely release my autobiography, but the people will have to wait for it.”
Many people treaded uphill to Holly Lodge, the private residence of the chief minister to wish him on the occasion. Congress workers held blood donations camps to mark the day and the chief minister hosted a lunch, in which senior officers of the government were also invited, at his residence.