Shimla, Dec 17 (UNI) Six BJP leaders, who had levelled allegations of corruption against the previous Prem Kumar Dhumal Government in Himachal Pradesh, said they had unconditionally withdrawn their charges then and Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh was now raking up the issue again to take political mileage only.
The Chief Minister was flogging a dead horse and raking up well-settled issues, which were unlikely to impact the assembly elections, party legislators Kishan Kapoor, Ramesh Dhawala, Rajan Sushant, Hari Narayan Singh, Dulo Ram and Des Raj said in a release here.
They said whatever grouses they had against the then chief minister were withdrawn at that time when facts were brought before them.
However, the chief minister was raking up this issue time and again for political mileage, while several of his senior leaders have filed affidavits in the court that they had never leveled corruption charges against Mr Dhumal during the last assembly elections, they said.
The BJP leaders said, on the other hand, the Chief Minister should explain why he did not take any action against Mr Dhumal during his four and a half years in office.
If the charges against the former chief minister were so grave, why did he not act on them during his tenure, they questioned Mr Singh.
Launching a scathing attack on the Chief Minister, they dared him to come out with facts on the contents of the audio CD released by BSP's state convenor Vijai Singh Mankotia, besides subjecting the CD to Central Forensic Laboratory at Hyderbad for examination.
They also questioned Mr Singh over the disappearance of a suitcase containing a sum of Rs 1.25 crore from his office a few months ago.
Interestingly, while six BJP leaders have openly taken back their allegations of corruption against their own previous government, the seventh Nirmala Devi, mother of sitting BJP legislator Naveen Dhiman from Pragpur assembly constituency, has remained silent on the issue.