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Posted at: Sep 13, 2017, 12:53 AM; last updated: Sep 13, 2017, 12:53 AM (IST)

Officials made to collect money to pay CM’s lawyers: Sambit

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Officials made to collect money to pay CM’s lawyers: Sambit
Sambit Patra, spokesperson of the BJP, addresses mediapersons in Shimla on Tuesday. Tribune Photo

Tribune News Service

Shimla, September 12

National spokesperson of the BJP Sambit Patra today dubbed Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh as a “vast sea of corruption” into which all streams of corruption merged.

Launching a scathing attack on the Chief Minister at a press conference here, Patra said the alleged acts of corruption of the CM had already been exposed and he was forced to resign as union minister.

“However, Congress supremo Sonia Gandhi succumbed to pressure and handed him the command of the party in Himachal in 2012,” he said.

Drawing a parallel between the phenomenal rise in the income from apple orchards of Virbhadra Singh and the money siphoned off by family of Lalu Prasad Yadav from fodder scam, he said both were facing charges of amassing wealth through questionable means.

He said LIC agent Anand Chauhan, who purchased LIC policies worth crores of rupees in the name of Virbhadra Singh and family members, was in the jail and the Chief Minister was on bail.

He alleged that officials were being pressured to collect money from industrialists and other sources to pay the fee of lawyers engaged by the Chief Minister and the arrests of a joint director of industries Tilak Raj provided evidence of it as he had reportedly stated that money was sent to the OSD to the Chief Minister.

He attacked the government for setting up the Himachal Pradesh Beverages Corporation for handling the liquor trade and alleged that the entire trade was being handled by an outsourced company linked to Virbhadra’s family.

Referring to dynastic politics, he claimed that the difference between the Congress and the BJP was that for former the family was the party, while for the latter the entire party was a family.

He claimed that the BJP was all set to throw out the Congress regime and it would provide a corruption-free and democratic government to the people of the hill state.

When asked whether the party would project a leader, he avoided a direct answer and claimed that the BJP would win the polls and form the government.


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