Senior BJP leader and former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal on Saturday blasted the Congress government in the state for "deliberately violating" the model code of conduct that is in force ahead of the Lok sabha elections. He asked the election commission to take note of the actions of the Congress party and its leaders.
Talking to mediapersons here on Saturday, Dhumal said not only chief minister Virbhadra Singh but also union commerce and industry minister Anand Sharma had openly violated the code of conduct and were on a stone-laying spree in the state. It was a serious matter and strong action was needed against the Congress leaders, he said.
Dhumal who was not well but had come to Hamirpur to take part in a function to welcome former MLA KD Dharmani back in the party thanked the latter and his team on rejoining the party.
He said the party would contest the next elections on the local as well as the national issues that were haunting people a lot. He alleged that the people of the state were feeling isolated and ignored under the Congress rule and they were in a mood to throw the Congress out of power this time.
The BJP leader said the rift in the Congress was evident from the fact that both factions of the party were fighting a battle on the ticket issue.
Dhumal said the PDS system had totally collapsed and 'badla-badli' (revenge and transfer) politics had become the main issue in the state even after the model code of conduct for the Lok Sabha elections has come into force.
He said time has come when the Congress should be wiped out from the political scene of India as it had caused irreparable loss to the nation, its people and polity.
Dhumal reminded people that if they committed the mistake to vote for the Congress again, they would be committing a blunder.
The BJP leader gave a clarion call to the people of India in general and Himachal Pradesh in particular to join the BJP and elect its candidates with huge margins to make the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre.
Dhumal said the party would expose the real face of the Congress and its leaders during its election campaign and ensure that it (Congress) was not able to befool people again.
He said the party had already started its election campaign in the state and was in a position to win all the four Lok Sabha seats as against three during the 2009 elections.
Satpal Satti, the state party president, said the BJP was united and it would upset the applecart of the Congress in the coming Lok Sabha elections.