Bhopal, Sep 3 : Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s chariot was attacked with stone on Sunday while he was conducting the ‘Jan Aashirwad Yatra’ in Sidhi district ahead of the assembly elections.
The incident occurred in Churhat area late on Sunday in the assembly constituency of Congress’s Ajay Singh. “The miscreants hid in the dark and pelted stones,” Bhartiya Janta Party state media cell chief Lokendra Parashar said.
Stones were hurled at Chouhan’s vehicle in Churhat area, which is the assembly constituency of Madhya Pradesh’s Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s spokesperson Rajnish Agrawal said. Churhat is about 25 km from the district headquarters.
Parashar and the BJP have accused the Congress for the attack, while the Congress refuting it have blamed Chouhan’s own party for staging the attack to malign Singh’s name.
Chouhan was not hurt in the incident, Churhat Police inspector Ram Babu Choudhari said
Chouhan dared Singh to come in the open and fight with him while addressing the public meeting in the district as part of his Jan Ashirwad Yatra. Chouhan is touring the state in a bus modified as a chariot.
“Ajay Singh, if you have strength come in open and fight with me. I am physically weak but I won’t be bogged down by your deeds. People of the state are with me,” he said.
Singh said in a press release no Congressman was involved in the stone-pelting incident and that his party does not follow the culture of violence.
“I suspect that it was a well thought and hatched conspiracy aimed at defaming me and people of Churhat,” he added.
The Chief Minister on Monday dared the Congress leader to come out in the open and fight him.
Rejecting this, Singh said: “The Congress does not follow the culture of violence. I suspect that it is a well-planned conspiracy hatched to defame me and the people of Churhat.”