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BJP accuses Himachal CM of graft

By The Assam Tribune

NEW DELHI/SHIMLA, July 23 - Mounting its offensive against the Congress, the BJP today accused Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh of �accepting bribe� from a private firm to buy a farm house in Mehrauli, a charge rejected by him.

The BJP, which had yesterday released a sting video accusing Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat of corruption, followed it up today by training its guns on Singh, saying it would continue with its �instalments� against the Opposition party leaders.

The charges raked up by the BJP today were first levelled against Singh during the Himachal Pradesh Assembly elections in 2012 and the party leaders today quoted from the probe document to claim that the charges against him stand �proved� and demanded his resignation.

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad taunted Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and deputy, Rahul Gandhi, over their allegations against some BJP leaders and sought their response to the charges against Singh and Rawat.

In Shimla, Singh said all the BJP allegations against him are �politically motivated and false.�

�I have been hearing these allegations for the last two years. All the matters are in court. First, a CBI inquiry was held against me and the agency has given clean chit and said no criminality has been found. Now, again a second CBI inquiry is being instituted against me. I am prepared for it and ready for any inquiry. All the matters pertain mostly to Income Tax returns filed by me and my family by cheque. I paid every pie of it along with interest,� he said.

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