Former minister and chief spokesperson of state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Rajeev Bindal on Tuesday said that the Congress party was panicky over prospects in the ensuing Shimla Municipal Corporation that has forced chief minister, Virbhadra Singh to jump into the campaign for the civic body poll.

Bindal, who is camping in Shimla for the MC polls slated for June 16, said it was peoples’ victory.

“Singh has to campaign this time only because the Congress party has not done development in Shimla and the state over last four and a half years of rule,” he said.

Bindal said the BJP has not got a chance over the last 31 years since Shimla MC came into being with Congress ruling it all through, and CPI-M over last five years. “If people give BJP a chance this time, it would bring the lost glory of Shimla back,” he said.

Bindal said at one point of time, Shimla civic body used to give loans to other municipal bodies, like Mumbai. However, the Congress misrule and then CPI-M’s leadership has brought Shimla to the lowest ebb with systems derailed.

The senior BJP leader blamed the Congress government for ignoring Shimla in the run up to the smart city project. “Had the government worked up to the smart city project, Shimla could have got Rs 2600 crore for development and that would have solved the lingering problems of water and other basic amenities in this historic city, which is also the state capital,” Bindal said.