The Himachal Pradesh Congress has sought the resignation of Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) state president Satpal Singh Satti on moral grounds.

Satti has been banned from campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections for 48 hours by the Election Commission of India after a complaint by Congress party for the use of unparliamentary language against their national president Rahul Gandhi.

In a statement issued on Sunday, Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee (HPCC) president Kuldeep Singh Rathore said that it was the first time in the history of the state that any political party president has been banned from campaigning.

“This reflects the character of BJP. The silence of the senior BJP leaders on the issue and usage of foul language is a clear indication of the negative mentality of the party towards the women,” he charged.

Seeking resignation of Satti, Rathore said in such cases when the party president is found guilty, he should himself step down from the party post on moral grounds.

He alleged that it is clear that the BJP is void of moral values and none of the BJP leaders had the courage to openly oppose the statement of Satti.

Even the silence of Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur clearly reflects his helplessness, he said.

Condemning BJP, Rathore said that the manner in which the party is trying to intimidate and threaten the public in the elections the people are not going to bow down.

The people of the country want to get rid of the dictatorship of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government which they suffered in the last five years, he charged, adding that BJP will have to face defeat in the state as well as the country.