BJP fighting against ‘mafia rule’ in Himachal

New Delhi: Accusing the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh of “abetting” mafia linked to liquor, forest and construction, BJP today said its fight in the state was against corruption.

A day after its Himachal executive meeting ended, party’s state in-charge Shrikant Sharma also hit out at Congress over its claim that BJP was trying to destabilise the Himachal government, saying it should introspect why its leaders were “running away” from Rahul Gandhi’s leadership.

“The party (Congress) is weakening like a termite-infested tree. Its leadership should introspect why MLAs and other leaders were leaving the party,” he said.

Rejecting Chief Minister Virbharda Singh’s charge that the corruption cases against him were motivated, Sharma said they dated back to the time of Congress government and the HP CM was making “desperate” allegations because he had realised that he could go to jail anytime.

“Virbhadra Singh should resign on his own. BJP’s fight is not against him but the corruption and mafia rule of Congress in the state which has abetted mafias linked to forest, liquor, mining, construction and such activities,” he said, reacting to Singh’s claims.