The anti-Virbhadra Singh campaign of the BJP for the elections to the Legislative Assembly of Himachal Pradesh is missing a crucial document. It was titled by the BJP as a “chargesheet” against the Chief Minster Virbhadra Sing, some of his ministers, MLAs, Bureaucrats etc.
Interestingly, Anil Sharma, ex-minister and Congress leader, who recently joined the BJP camp, was also in the list.
Earlier, the BJP was desperate to expose him, but now as he has shifted his loyalty, everything appears to be fine for the same party.
This chargesheet was prepared over the period of months or that is what the BJP had claimed. The allegations made against the included 41 persons were too serious to ignore.
This document was officially submitted to the Governor Acharya Devvrat in February 2017 with a demand of high-level probe.
However, now both the BJP and Congress are completely silent about it.
The activist Dev Ashish Bhattacharya has filed an application under Section 6 of the Right to Information Act seeking information over the action taken on this ‘chargesheet’.
The activist questioned the reliability of the system meant to deliver justice. He argued that the allegations made against the listed persons cannot be ignored. The allegation should be investigated by the law enforcement agencies to establish the validity of this drama.
“It is a mockery of the ‘justice system’ where serious charges are levelled against the individuals occupying high positions with government, but at the same time these charges are brushed aside without paying any heed to investigation,” said Battacharya.
The matter must reach a clear conclusion. There could be only two possibilities – either the allegations were bogus or the Congress accepted it. In the first case, logically the Congress leaders and ministers should have sued the BJP with a heavy deformation suite. In the latter case, the BJP should have questioned the silence of Congress.
It is a matter worth contemplating that such methods have become valuable tools of opportunistic propaganda.
Bhattacharya said that once he receives the information sought through the RTI, he would not hesitate to approach the High Court if required.