Coming out openly in support of his son Vikramaditya Singh, who led youth congress protest at the BJP office—which later turned violent, Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh on Friday passed the buck on the opposition BJP and blamed media for ‘over-exaggerating ‘ the incident to target youth congress.
The incident had happened on January 29. One BJP leader Rajesh Sharda,currently admitted at the PGI, is reported to have lost his eye vision after a stone had hit his left eye in the violent clash outside the BJP office.Vikramaditya is youth congress president in Himachal Pradesh.
In the state, the BJP has already started a 15-day old stir to hold dharnas and rallies in the districts to demand a CBI probe into the incident and also arrest of Vikramaditya Singh–who now has been granted an interim anticipatory bail by a Shimla court in the police complaint lodged against him by the BJP.
Chief Minister rejected the BJP demand for a CBI probe or holding a judicial inquiry. He said on Friday that that state agencies ,including police were fully competent to hold an inquiry.
Giving a clean-chit to his son, Virbhadra rather accused the BJP as party being behind the ‘attack’ on the youth congress. They (BJP activists) had smuggled lathis and stones at their office and engineered violence .The youth congress activists had proposed a peaceful protest against centre’s Land Acquisition Ordinance on the call given by the Indian Youth Congress for all the state units.
Virbhadra appreciated his son (Vikramaditya) gesture of informing Ex-CM Prem Kumar Dhumal a day before the protest and chided Dhumal for his discourteous action of alerting the BJP activists. They (BJP) got time smuggled material like stones ,lathis etc at the office and when Youth congress was holding protest,they were attacked. It’s known the youth congress activists never carried lathis in their hands. Only party flags and banners were in their hands as video-footage also confirms.
Virbhadra Singh, who reached Shimla more than a week after he camped Delhi for congress campaign hit back at the BJP for politicising the episode in the state. He also took exception to the opposition’s action to approach Governor (Kalyan Singh ) over the incident—who later had summoned top police officers including DGP Sanjay Kumar at Rajbhawan.
“I d’nt want to comment on the Governor action about calling the police officers to Rajbhawan but let me say Himachal Pradesh is not under the President’s rule,” Chief Minister protested.
He said “Yet, I didn’t consider it as an incident. It was a minor thing,at the most a skirmish, which media played it up at big scale .There are three youth congress activists, who injured but no one reported it because one person in the BJP got hurt in his eye.”
“I have seen whole video-footage. Youth congress president Vikramaditya Singh is seen appealing activists that it’s a peaceful protest and no youth congress worker will resort to any retaliatory action. Whereas the BJP activists on the other hand had put-up chain on the road and blocked main road. They (BJP supporters) had assembled there even before Youth congress workers reached,” he maintained.
On justification of holding protest at opposition’s office in the state, Chief Minister said there was nothing wrong in holding protest outside any political party’s office. It had been a practice in Delhi –where everyday such protests are organised, few close to his Delhi Residence i.e. 1-Jantar Mantar.
Virbhadra did not spare the media and advised against ‘giving its twist’ to the episode—which was unfortunate .The BJP should also not capitalise on it, he added.