In a strong reaction to the ISPAT 'scam',BJP workers on Sunday burnt the effigy of Congress leader Virbhadra Singh and shouted slogans against him, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra and Union law minister Salman Khurshid.
Speaking to mediapersons after the protest, party Rajya Sabha MP Bimla Kashyap said people have to decide in the upcoming elections that whether they would like corrupt rule of Congress or progressive and pro-development regime of CM Prem Kumar Dhumal.
She said Singh who had resigned due to corruption charges from UPA government after framed by a local court here, was made star campaigner in the ongoing elections, elevating him to state Congress president, stepping down then HPCC president Kaul Singh Thakur from the post.
Kashyap said Singh should explain to the people of the state that who are VBS and APS, the names found in the documents recovered by the income tax department during their raids at the ISPAT steel industry.
She said party would raise the issue during the election campaign as UPA was sheltering and promoting such people who had been found involved in corrupt practices and many of them facing charge in the court.
Tenure of UPA-II was full of scams like 2G, Commonwealth Games and coalgate, so many and so forth but rather initiating strong action against the culprits, the Congress party was defending them, she added.
BJP also criticised the Congress leader for taking back Vijay Singh Mankotia into the party. Mankotia was the staunch rival of Singh and had released the audio CD containing voice of Singh and his wife about some money deal in the 2007 assembly polls.