Kullu: Maheshwar Singh, party president of the regional outfit HILOPA, hobnobbing with his former party colleagues in BJP have raised the possibility of it merger with BJP that ruling Congress leaders say would have to impact in the state.
Speaking to the media during a visit to Saint Valley, chief minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday (26.6.2016) said, “as far as the coming assembly election was concerned, I’m ready to face any challenge.”
“Merger of HILOPA with BJP is no political threat and would have no impact on Congress,” he added, while indicating that he was ready to lead the party for the 7th term as chief minister of the state.
Responding to a question about government taking control of Shri Raghunath Temple at Raghunathpur, the chief minister replied that the government did not believe in acquisition of temples, but was only concerned about proper their management.
Speaking at a public function Virbhadra said that the State Gau Samvardhan (Cow Protection) board had been set up to protect shelterless cows and a budget allocation of Rs 10 crore had been earmarked for the cause. NGOs involved in protecting cows would be backed by the board, he said.
The chief minister laid the foundation stone of Sainj Government Degree College and also inaugurated the Rs 1.53 crore newly constructed bridge in Talda panchayat.
The chief minister was accompanied by senior minister Vidya Stokes and Ayurveda minister Karan Singh Ayurveda minister.
Others present on the occasion included congress general secretary Sunder Singh Thakur, deputy commissioner Hans Raj Chauhan, SP Kullu Padam Chand, ADM Kullu Vinay Singh Thakur, SE IPH department Pravesh Thakur, chairperson Zila parishad Rohini Chaudhari, among others.