BJP delegation from Himachal Pradesh calls on President



A day after Virbhadra Singh announced to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a delegation of Himachal Pradesh BJP unit will meet President Pranab Mukherjee on 9 December to seek the removal of the Himachal Pradesh chief minister.

The CBI, Enforcement Directorate and IT department are presently investigating apparent corruption charges of Singh.

Union Minister JP Nadda and party MPs from Himachal Pradesh, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) president Anurag Thakur, former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, state BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti and party general secretary and in-charge of Himachal wing Srikant Sharma will be part of the delegation, said BJP sources. The delegation will also handover a memorandum to President Mukherjee in this regard.

A vociferous BJP has been demanding Singh’s ouster ever since CBI and ED have filed cases against him.

It may be noted the ED has filed a case under provisions of Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) against Singh after taking into cognisance a criminal complaint filed by the CBI in this regard in September.

The agency will probe the allegation that Singh and his family members allegedly made Rs 6.1 crore between 2009-11, while serving as the Union Minister of Steel. The wealth is disproportionate to his known sources of income.

CBI suspects that during the period, Singh allegedly invested Rs 6.1 crore in life insurance policies in his and his family members’ names through an LIC agent claiming this money to be his farm income.

It alleged Singh also attempted to legitimise the same as farm income by filing revised I-T returns in 2012.