The Hush Post: “This will certainly be my last elections,” the six time chief minister of Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh and MLA Arki has said. The 83 year-old patriarch says, he has been to all the nooks and corners of Himachal Pradesh but he now wants to travel to other states, go abroad and also read more books. “I want to give time to myself,” he says. While the former CM teaches his son Vikramaditya Singh, the first-time MLA, the basics and fundamentals of politics, his son returns the favours by updating him about technology, particularly the use of mobile phones. “My father is not comfortable dialing the phone numbers on mobile.”
Vikramaditya who says, he strayed into politics, adds, had he not been in politics he would have been a shooter, since he has been a national level shooter but now that he is in here, he would like to give it a long shot.
Virbhadra, in an interview to a news channel while recalling the times when he was just 25 years, says,”I wanted to become a professor at Delhi University. That is when Lal Bahadur Shastri asked me to join politics.” He was the man who said serve the nation instead of teaching. He then took me to Indira Gandhi and then the two of them took me to Jawahar Lal Nehru. It was decided that I would be the Congress candidate from Mahasu in 1962.” Two years later, when his name was there in the list of candidates, Virbhadra Singh was surprised that his name was included.
Born in 1934, he first became the chief minister in 1983. Before that he was a deputy minister in the cabinet for tourism and civil aviation and later minister of state for industries in 1980. In his long political career he has just lost won election from Jubbal-Kotkhai in 1989 to another former chief minister Ram Lal Thakur.
Of late, he has been embroiled in various cases of corruption. In 2015 the CBI filed a case against him and his family for owning assets to the tune of Rs. 6.1 crore disproportionate to his known sources of income.