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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 1584

Virbhadra Singh sworn in Himachal Pradesh CM

From R. Vasudevan—Reporting from New Delhi
New Delhi, 26 December ( :

An old war horse, who could not be put down by allegations of corruption or infighting in the Congress, Virbhadra Singh steered the party back to power in Himachal Pradesh with a spirited campaign this time.Virbhadra_Singh_Swearing_in.jpg

The seventy-eight-year-old veteran became Chief Minister of the state for the sixth time, setting a record. In a major relief to him, a court here on Monday acquitted him of charges of corruption and conspiracy in the much-publicised audio CD case.

"No case is made out as not even a single witness supported the prosecution evidence," special judge B L Soni said pronouncing the judgement in an open court absolving the Congress leader in a matter relating to his tenure as chief minister in 1989 after a trial that started in September this year.

In his five-decade long political innings, he has been a seven-time MLA, a five-time MP and five-time chief minister. He has also been a four-time president of the state Congress and represents the mandi seat in the present Lok Sabha.

Singh was the chief minister between 1983 and 85; 1985 and 1990; 1993 and 1998 and 2003 and 2007.

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