By:Mohan Lal Verma
Leader of opposition in Himachal and former Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Dhumal has questioned the double standards of state police that is registering cases against the BJP activists for peacefully protesting against the issue of corruption or burning the effigies of State Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh who has become a symbol of corruption.
The police, he said, on the other hand, look the other way when the congress activists are burning the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi whom they are blaming for sending the CBI to the Chief Minister’s house in Shimla.
There are reports of scuffle between the police and BJP workers in Solan in which some women workers were also pushed and they received minor injuries. The BJP cadres were protesting against the ongoing corruption under the incumbent government here and burning the effigy of the corruption monster itself when the police unnecessarily intervened and started pushing our cadres, said the former minister and senior leader Rajiv Bindal.
Former Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has warned the state police for its high headedness and reminded them for not showing their loyalty to an individual but to protect the system of law and the constitution of the country. He said when the Congress loyalists burn the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi all over the state, the police become a mute spectator and when the BJP workers shout slogans against corruption, cases are registered against them for disturbing the law and order.
Mr. Dhumal alleged that there is no democracy left here and the Chief Minister who is facing a CBI probe has become panicky and issuing dictatorial orders. He said the BJP would not be cowed down by the behavior of the state police and its illegal, unconstitutional and one-sided actions against the opposition parties but we shall approach the High Court against these unlawful tactics of some state police officers.