"If restrictions are imposed on religious traditions, I'd prefer not to contest elections. I can stop contesting but cannot shun our traditions and rituals," he added at the Indore event on Monday.
Political observers see Vijayvargiya's defiance as a last resort to vacate the Mhow assembly seat. He wants to pave the way for his son Akash and has already announced his plans on Facebook. "But so far, the party has not heeded his request," said a BJP leader on condition of anonymity.
The Congress has reported the matter to poll officials. "The minister's statement is a big question mark on the system. The Election Commission is a constitutional system obeyed by all parties," said Narendra Saluja, spokesperson of the MP Congress committee.