‘Virb­hadra can’t tol­er­ate lead­ers who work for party’

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Region -

It is Virb­hadra Singh’s habit to crit­i­cise and op­pose lead­ers who work for party’s de­vel­op­ment and its wel­fare.

SUKHWINDER SINGH SUKHU, for­mer Himachal Con­gress chief

SHIMLA:THREE days after All In­dia Con­gress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi handed over reins of party’s state unit to Kuldeep Singh Rathore, the brew­ing dis­cord in the Con­gress has in­ten­si­fied.

For­mer state party chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu on Sun­day launched an of­fen­sive against for­mer chief min­is­ter Virb­hadra Singh say­ing that the oc­to­ge­nar­ian leader has al­ways put him­self above the party and can­not tol­er­ate lead­ers who work for its wel­fare. Sukhu on Sun­day criti­sised Virb­hadra Singh’s re­marks in which he termed the ap­point­ments made by the for­mer chief dur­ing his ten­ure as “trash”.

“It is deroga­tory on part of Virb­hadra Singh to term par­ty­men as garbage. Would you term se­nior lead­ers like Chan­dre Ku­mar , Gangu Ram Musafir , Harsh Ma­ha­jan, Chan­der Ku­mar, Ajay Ma­ha­jan and Ravi Thakur ap­pointed in the state as garbage,” Sukhu said.

The for­mer leader as­serted that he al­ways fo­cussed on strength­en­ing the over­all party and not worked in favour of a par­tic­u­lar per­son .

“It is Virb­hadra Singh’s habit to crit­i­cise and op­pose lead­ers who have made sig­nif­i­cant con­tri­bu­tion in the party and worked to­wards its de­vel­op­ment. He has lately been crit­i­cal about for­mer party chiefs, in­clud­ing Sat Ma­ha­jan, Vidya Stokes, Vi­plove Thakur and Kaul Singh Thakur, as well,” Sukhu said.

He fur­ther added, “Virb­hadra Singh is op­pos­ing me be­cause I worked for party’s wel­fare with de­vo­tion and ded­i­ca­tion. As party’s pres­i­dent, I gave pres­ence to youth in var­i­ous blocks, dis­tricts and state body. Dur­ing my ten­ure, the party ex­panded by leaps and bounds un­like in the past when only a par­tic­u­lar per­sons’ in­ter­ests were strength­ened,” for­mer chief said.

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