Centre misusing government agencies against me: Himachal CM

Shimla, March 29 (IANS) Accusing the Centre of misusing government agencies against him, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Tuesday said his government was stable despite political manoeuvring by the BJP.

“The central government is misusing three investigating agencies against me. I am an old Congressman. They (political rivals) are aiming for my political murder; and, if they have their way, they can even kill me,” Virbhadra told the media here.

“The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (in the state) is trying to oust my government by deliberately raising in the assembly the issue of ongoing Enforcement Directorate probe into the money laundering case against me and my family,” he said.

He said it was a well thought out conspiracy as the BJP was not comfortable about him.

The Congress chief minister said there was no need for him to resign. “There is no truth in the media reports (about the ongoing probe),” he said.

“I don’t expect justice from BJP leader (and union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley. But I have faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” Virbhadra said.

Denying any dissent in the Congress Legislature Party in Himachal Pradesh, he said: “It is daydreaming on the part of the BJP. The Congress stands united.”

He also accused the Centre of going after Congress-ruled states in the country.

“What has happened in Arunachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur? The Centre is now trying to target Himachal Pradesh… but we will not let them succeed here. They cannot topple the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh,” he said.

On the state BJP’s claims that some Congress legislators in Himachal were in touch with the opposition party, Virbhadra said: “I wish them good luck. If wishes were horses, beggars would ride them.”

Later, BJP leader and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said certain new facts had come to light during the ED probe and the chief minister should face the truth.

“Virbhadra Singh cannot get away from his responsibility by blaming others,” Dhumal told reporters here.

Meanwhile, on the second consecutive day on Tuesday, BJP members created a ruckus and walked out of the assembly over discussions on the ED probe against Virbhadra Singh.

Virbhadra Singh called on Congress president Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Monday and briefed her about the alleged BJP efforts to destabilise his government, party sources said.

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