Sulking HP CM attacks Cong high command
Shimla: A sulking Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Sunday made a veiled attack on the Congress high command as he said the party was "going in a different direction" from its earlier policies and that "pick and choose" approach would finish its good culture. He said there is a need for change in thinking and working of the party leadership as the Congress is "not a party of businessmen but belongs to those who made sacrifices for the Independence" of the country.
"Earlier, right from block level upto the All India Congress Working Committee (AICC), members were elected. But, now the party is going in a different direction and even the block Congress members are being nominated from PCC office," Singh said addressing a public meeting at Nirmand in Kullu district.
"The Congress party is not a party of businessmen but belongs to those who made sacrifices for the Independence of the country. My suggestion to the AICC as well as to Pradesh Congress Committees (PCCs) is that there is a need for change in thinking and working," the senior party leader said.
He said "if any member is to be given preference, he should be elected on the basis of his dedicated services for the party right from block level to district Congress committees."
The longest serving four-time chief minister of Himachal Pradesh is sulking as he wants removal of the state Congress chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, his known detractor.
Singh, who earlier declared that he would not contest the next Assembly elections due later this year, said he was elected president of Himachal Congress Committee four times and was nominated once by the Congress high command, that too just a month or two before the Assembly polls in 2012.