Himachal Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Satpal Singh Satti on Thursday hit out at chief minister Virbhadra Singh saying that he was trying to save his son and president of State Youth Congress Vikramaditya Singh, who 'engineered' attack on the saffron party's state office “Deepkamal” in Shimla on last Friday.
Satti, who was in Palampur to attend a workers meeting, while addressing the party workers during a protest demonstration in the town, alleged that law and order had derailed in the Congress regime.
Seeking a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the clash that ensued following the alleged attack and left three BJP workers injured, Satti said this act of chief minister's son amounted to murder of democracy.
“This is not new. Such things have happened earlier under the Congress regime. Not many years ago, Virbhadra was involved in “kidnapping” of an elected legislator just for the sake of the chair of the chief minister,” Satti alleged, refereeing to the alleged kidnapping of former BJP minister Ramesh Dhawala after he won election from Jalwalmukhi in 1998.
“How people can expect transparent governance from a regime, which is known for suppressing voice of Opposition by misusing police force,” Satti alleged.
“Now, the chief minister's son, who is president of Youth Congress, has started a new precedence by attacking the office of the Opposition party,” Satti said, adding, “And instead of realising what mistake his son has committed, the chief minister is trying to save him.”
The BJP chief said that on no occasion in the past did any political party stage a protest at the office of the opponent outfit.
Satti alleged that now the chief minister was putting pressure on the police administration to change the report of the probe conducted into the entire episode.
“We demand CBI inquiry into the incident and action should be taken against the officers who allowed the Youth Congress workers to hold a protest at the opposition party's office,” Satti said.
The BJP chief also exhorted the party leaders to take the issue among masses. Speaking on the occasion, former union minister and Kangra MP Shanta Kumar also condemned the attack and sought a CBI probe into the attack.
Shanta said Virbhadra was shielding culprits since his son was one of the accused. “Only a CBI probe can bring out the fact,” said Shanta, adding that despite the fact that one of the BJP workers was admitted to PGI, Chandigarh, in a critical condition, the CM publicly stated that the Youth Congress workers were not at fault.