Members of the Congress’ students’ wing demonstrated near Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Rajnath Singh’s residence here on Wednesday, levelling corruption charges against the saffron party.
A day after the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) — the BJP’s youth wing — staged a protest outside Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi’s residence over corruption charges against Himachal Pradesh chief minister, protesters marched towards Singh’s residence on Ashoka Road.
The police formed a three-tier barricade to thwart National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) protesters and resorted to lathicharge to disperse the agitators. The protesters claimed there is corruption within the BJP itself and the party should come clean on charges before accusing others.
The BJP has accused Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh, a veteran Congress leader, of taking bribe in exchange for giving undue advantages to a private power firm.
Against the backdrop of the news that former Karnataka CM BS Yeddyurappa — who lost his post after being accused of a mining scam — is set to return to the BJP, the NSUI turned the heat on the saffron party. Yeddyurappa had parted ways with the BJP and launched the Karnataka Janata Paksha in 2012.
BJP leader Arun Jaitley, who had charged Virbhadra in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, tweeted on Wednesday, “Instead of street demonstrations, is the Congress Party willing to debate on National Television the charges against Vir Bhadra Singh?”
Will a demonstration by the Congress Party outside Shri Rajnath Singh’s house dilute Shri Vir Bhadra Singh’s guilt ?— Arun Jaitley (@arunjaitley) January 1, 2014
(With inputs from PTI)