Following the BJP chrgesheet and consequent counter-attacks by the Congress leaders, a war of words has been ensued between the supporters of Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Hamirpur district.
The situation has reached to such a pass that even ground-level workers of both parties, who used to spend time together, have parted ways, accusing one another on analogy of their top leaders.
Since Hamirpur is the home district of senior BJP leader Prem Kumar Dhumal and Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu, such reactions from the party workers from both sides was anticipated. However, the means and method adopted while trading charges against each other in the press has put off the common man.
With the Congress activists burning effigies of Dhumal time and again in various parts of the district, the BJP workers are put in a dilemma, and planning to retaliate if the Congress activists go ahead with their anti-Dhumal tirade.
District BJP president Vijay Agnihotri and media incharge Ajay Sharma on Tuesday said the party would not tolerate anti-BJP activities by the Congress activists, and would retaliate if the nefarious activities of the Congress party activists were not stopped.
They alleged that taking advantage of the presence of their governments both at the Centre and the state, the Congress activists were trying to create an atmosphere of hatred against the BJP and its leaders, which would not be tolerated.
They warned the Congress activists to stop their nefarious activities, failing which the war of words would further escalate and retaliatory activities would also be started from the BJP side.
However, justifying the party activists' action to burn Dhumal's effigies, Prem Kaushal, a senior Congress leader of the district, what if the BJP leaders were playing a blame game against their leaders without any justifications and proof.
While both parties are busy trading charges against each other, common man of the district was highly upset, terming their activities anti-people.
Ram Singh of Hamirpur said if both parties continued to behave in irresponsible manner on petty issues, the situation might turn violent.
Singh said instead of making false and dirty accusations, activists of both parties should go to the masses with their policies and programmes and let the people decide who was right and who was wrong.
Sunita Kumari, a house wife, said the way the situation was taking shape in all parts of the state in general and Hamirpur district in particular, the people would also revolt aginst the leaders and if Delhi-like situation emerged in the state, it would not be a miracle.
Since women were in majority in the state, it was their primary duty to warn the politicians to behave themselves.