Congress senior leader and Darang legislator Kaul Singh Thakur accused Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal of protecting a Hamirpur-based liquor manufacturer who had links with the BJP.

In a press conference at Mandi, Kaul Singh said the manufacturer was caught supplying two trucks of unlicensed liquor without paying excise duty, but was released as bills were shown to have been issued on a back date.

He claimed that the BJP had ensured that it was on its way out as it did not fulfil its promises. He alleged that the inauguration of incomplete schemes was an indication of signs of desperation.

He accused the BJP of double standard on the issue of corruption as its leaders like Bangaru Laxman and Yedduriyappa were involved in cases of corruption, but it was defending them.

He pointed out that the Congress had removed A Raja and Suresh Kalmadi and they were sent to jail in connection with cases of corruption.