A series of inquiries ordered by the Virbhadra Singh government into Congress's chargesheet against the previous Prem Kumar Dhumal government has raised state's political temperature.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has announced to hold a statewide protest against what it termed vendetta of the Congress government.
“Cheating and misappropriation case against Hamirpur Lok Sabha member Anurag Thakur headed Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association has left the BJP fuming. The opposition BJP views the inquiries ordered by the Virbhadra Singh government as politically motivated. The saffron party on Monday announced to hold a statewide protest from August 12 till 23.
The BJP headquarters have asked party workers to hold demonstrations and protest at their district headquarters between August 12 and 19, while the BJP will gherao the Vidhan Sabha on August 23.
BJP state president Satpal Singh Satti himself will lead the district-level protest in Shimla on August 12.
“The BJP would expose the anti-people policies of the state government,” said BJP spokesperson Ganesh Dutt. “The BJP will stage protest outside the Vidhan Sabha on August 23,” he said.
Accusing the government of working with political spite, he said the government was busy in registering baseless cases and during its regime of seven months, no developmental work had been done.
“The government should fulfill its commitment instead of diverging focus of public from its failure,” added Dutt.
Accusing the government of poor management of the public distribution system (PDS), he said people of Himachal were deprived of subsidised ration. “People are deprived of sugar and other essential commodities under PDS for the past three months,” he said.
“The government is implicating the BJP workers and leaders in false cases,” Dutt said, adding that a case against former health minister Dr Rajeev Bindal was a fine example of political vendetta. “It's a 15-year-old case. The government is digging old graves to settle political scores. The BJP is also accusing the Congress of mass transfers of the government employees,” he added.