Senior BJP leader and Union Minister J P Nadda on 31 October said Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh should resign on moral grounds since the cases registered against him by the CBI and ED are "blatant".
"Investigations are being conducted by the independent agencies and the verdict of the court would be final. But, keeping in view the nature of the cases, the Chief Minister should tender his resignation even before such exigency arises," he said here.
Parrying questions regarding his "return" to state politics, he said, "I have been given certain responsibilities. I am discharging those and will continue to do so."
On Congress claiming Virbhadra Singh will become the chief minister for the seventh time, he said, "BJP is fully geared to defeat Congress under any circumstances and who will lead the party in the next polls is of little consequence."
Expressing concern over delay in implementing projects sanctioned by the Centre, he said, "The state government should complete modalities and pre-conditions, and roll out the projects at the earliest."
"The Surface Transport Ministry has sanctioned 61 National Highways. But till now not a single Detailed Project Report has been sent by the state, an essential pre-requisite to have funds released," Nadda claimed.
"Similarly, health projects are pending execution due to non-availability of land, delay in selection of sites, forest clearance and other factors. The state government has failed to match the speed with which the centre is pushing the projects," the Union Health Minister alleged.