New Delhi, Jan.10: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader J.P Nadda on Friday said that the BJP wants Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh to resign as he was involved in a clear case of corruption.
“There have been many revelations of corruption cases by Singh. Over six dumped companies have transferred money to him and his family and therefore it is a clear case of corruption,’ said Nadda.
“He must resign immediately. The BJP demands his resignation and action must be taken against him, and I would also like to ask Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Ganghi who talk about zero tolerance towards corruption, that why are they not asking him to step down?” He asked.
“This matter must be investigated and Virbhadra Singh has to resign,” he added.
Presenting staunch defense against the allegations of graft, Singh on Sunday had said that he was being framed in the graft case and added that the BJP was frustrated with Congress’s victory in the recent state assembly elections.
The Himachal Pradesh chief minister has been accused by the BJP of indulging in a quid pro quo dealing with a private company. Arun Jaitley had accused Singh of being involved in three cases of corruption, one of which involved the owner of a private company.
He alleged that Virbhadra and his wife Pratibha Singh had received a sum of one crore fifty thousand and two crores respectively from Vanshri Vakamula Chandrashekar, the owner of Venture Energy and Technology Private Limited.
He claimed that the same money was invested in a new company opened by Mr. Chandrashekar called Taarini Enterprise Private Limited, through which, Singh’s wife, his son and daughter became its shareholders.
On Thursday, Virbhadra Singh had said,” Prove me wrong, and, I will quit politics, forget my post.”
Over past one week, both the BJP and the Congress have launched protests against each other over the issue.
On December 31, the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha had protested in front of Rahul Gandhi’s Tughlak Lane residence, and raised anti- Congress slogans. Some even tried to cross the steel and iron barricades.
On January 1, activists from the Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India (NSUI) sought to take a protest march towards the official residence of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh but were stopped in the middle by the police (ANI)