The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on 4 July criticised Congress party for allegedly attacking its councillor in Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) on 3 July and said the party was indulging in hooliganism.

The councillor, Sanjay Parmar was considered close to Himachal Pradesh chief minister Virbhadra Singh but had fought elections independently and later joined BJP after winning SMC election.

BJP on Tuesday staged protest at Shimla and demanded strict action against the accused. Parmar was allegedly beaten by Congress workers on Monday night near Shoghi when he was attacked by four Congress party workers.

Superintendent of Police, Shimla, DW Negi said a case has been registered in this regard and no arrests have been made so far. Criticising the attack, state BJP chief Satpal Singh Satti said the party was now resorting to hooliganism to avert the attention of the general public from looming defeat in assembly polls scheduled to be held by end of the year.

“Congress party in its four and half year’s rule had given patronage to mafias and now the party leaders wants to instill fear through goondaraj in the state,” he said.

Satti said the CM’s son and state Youth Congress chief Vikramaditya Singh is said to be directly involved in the incident. “There should be free and fair probe in the case and the role of CM’s son should also be thoroughly probed,” he said.

The state BJP chief said Vikramaditya Singh was also involved in the attack on party office in 2015 but the entire matter was hushed by Police officials due to political pressure from ruling party.

He accused the Police administration of playing into the hands of ruling party and said various mafias were flourishing in the state due to this lackadaisical approach of Police officials. He demanded strict action against the accused in the case or else BJP would resort to protests on the issue.