Virbhadra ''surprised'';Dhumal vows to probe ''corrupt deals''

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Shimla, Dec 28 (UNI) While Congress Chief Minister Virbhadara Singh today conceded his ''surprise defeat'' to the BJP in Himachal, BJP's elated Chief Ministerial candidate Prem Kumar Dhumal said his government would order inquiries into all cases of corruption during the pprevious regime.

Conceding defeat State Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh said the party was ''surprised'' by the results and it would analyse the results in due course.

He said the party would play a ''positive role'' of the opposition inside and outside the assembly and added that ''victory and defeat are part of the game''.

A visibly happy Mr Dhumal, on the other hand, expressed satisfaction over the results and said his government would order inquiries into all cases of corruption during the Congress government and punish the guilty.

''None of the guilty, whosoever, will be spared and innocent will not be touched,'' the former chief minister asserted.

Terming the BJP victory in the elections a ''mandate for change and peoples' victory'', he said his government would initiate steps for the balanced and uniform development of the state.

The BJP leaders began celebrations soon after the trends showed that it was poised to win the Himachal Assembly elections.

UNI

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