After resigning from his post as Union cabinet minister, Congress leader Virbhadra Singh said he had resigned only to spare his party and the government from embarassment of trying to defend him from the charges of corruption levelled against him and his wife.
“I did not want my government, Prime Minister or party to face any embarassment so I resigned. The allegations against me are false,” Singh told reporters soon after he met with the Prime Minister to submit his resignation.
“I have resigned on moral grounds,” he said.However, he denied that he was also planning to leave the party.
“I am still in the Congress. I have been in the party for 5 decade and I am not leaving the party. In the last 50 years no one has questioned my honesty,” Singh said.
He also squarely blamed the Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh PK Dhumal for reviving the allegations of corruption that have been levelled against him. The case is a 23-year-old case.
“The matter is very old and I don’t want to say anything on it…Dhumal is most corrupt and biggest liar of Himachal Pradesh,” he said.
The former chief minister of Himachal Pradesh said that now he was free of his ministerial duties he would devote all his time for the progress of the party in the state.
“It is not a question of my pride but of the state of Himachal Pradesh also…I have faith in the judgement of the people, he said.
He also accused supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare of taking only one side of the story and not examining the cases of corruption against Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister.
“If Team Anna is really against corruption then it should examine the corrupt acts of the PK Dhumal government,” he said, adding that Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal had only met with his political opponents and had not taken his side of the story.