State chief of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Satpal Satti has lashed out at chief minister Virbhadra Singh, accusing him of turning political campaigning into a “battlefield of personal allegations” against BJP leaders, which, he said, was against political ethics.
Satti was addressing mediapersons after attending a meeting of party workers here on Wednesday.
He advised Virbhadra to refrain from making personal allegations against BJP top leaders, claiming that the opposition party had a “lot of personal material against him”.
He added that Virbhadra’s repeated allegations against former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal, calling him an outsider and a resident of Jalandhar in Punjab, “were baseless, as Dhumal has represented the state as a member of parliament three times and chief minister twice”. “This is enough to understand Dhumal’s residential proof,” Satti said.
He alleged that the CM and his wife Pratibha Singh, the Congress candidate from Mandi, were creating a “false propaganda” regarding the BJP’s candidate from the same constituency being “weak”, adding that they had lost the Lok Sabha elections from Mandi many times, and were going to lose by an “astonishing” margin this time.
Satti also alleged Congress’ “hand” in the sexual harassment case against BJP’s former MLA from Badsar Baldev Sharma, accusing the CM of showing “undue” interest. “He ordered the registration of an FIR, which is an example of his desire to defame BJP leaders and derive political benefit,” Satti said.