BJP plans week-long protests against Himachal government

BJP has planned a week-long agitation against Himachal Pradesh government for its alleged vindicative action against opposition leaders in connection with a 12-year-old case and the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.

Last Updated: Aug 04, 2013, 22:50 PM IST

Palampur: BJP has planned a week-long agitation against Himachal Pradesh government for its alleged vindicative action against opposition leaders, including registration of an FIR against former BJP minister Rajiv Bindal in connection with a 12-year-old case and the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.

Talking to reporters after the conclusion of a three-day workshop for party workers here, state BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti said they would observe "Anti Badla-Badli (Vindictive, Transfers and Revenge)" Week to protest the actions of the Congress-led government.

Protest rallies would be held in all district headquarters and demonstration would be held outside the Assembly during the monsoon session on August 23.

Meetings will be organised in Mandal level from September 1 to 15 to prepare cadres for the agitation and booth-level meetings will be held from September 25 to October 10 to make people aware about anti-people activities of the state government.

Meanwhile, former Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal today accused the Virbhadra Singh government of wreaking vengeance against political opponents and pursuing politics of vendetta and said "all such actions would be taken to the court of the people and also fought legally".

Talking to reporters here, Dhumal claimed that the
12-year-old case had been reopened to frame the former BJP minister.

Taking a swipe at Virbhadra Singh over alleged excess land holding, Dhumal said those who have entered government land with their names in revenue records should not pose as people of "virtues, morality and rectitude".

Alleging that ever since the Himachal Housing Board (now HIMUDA) came into existence, flats were allotted to those who already owned houses in Shimla flouting all rules and regulations, he said the game plan of the Congress government to tarnish the image of BJP leaders and to reap political mileage, would be defeated.

Replying to questions on alleged phone-tapping during the BJP regime, Dhumal denied having any role in the whole episode and said phone-tapping was only resorted to in cases where threat to national security or law and order was involved and only the Home Ministry or the Home Secretary in the states were authorised to order such tapping and that too for a restricted period.

Asserting that any such decision was reviewed by a committee headed by the Chief Secretary and the Chief Minister had no role, Dhumal said when the hard disc and other equipment was seized on 24 December night, he was still holding office and any action taken prior to induction of the Congress government was "illegal".

The Virbhadra Singh government was not concentrating on development, he said, adding that "Its only agenda was political vendetta, but BJP was totally unruffled by all such tactics."

PTI