Bhopal: Gaur cries conspiracy, says he waved Cong flag ‘by mistake’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Aug 17, 2016 08:03 IST

A day after former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and veteran BJP leader Babulal Gaur was spotted waving a Congress flag at a paigaam-e-mohabbat rally, the veteran leader on Tuesday said he was a victim of political conspiracy.

The paigaam-e-mohabbat rally was organised by Congress MLA Arif Aqueel. The BJP leader had held a Congress flag in his hand, creating a stir in the political circles here.

Gaur was removed from the state cabinet on the ground of being above 75 years of age.

Opposition shouldn’t have indulged in politics on Independence Day: Gaur

Gaur said he has written a letter to Aqueel and expressed his displeasure over the incident. “The opposition shouldn’t have indulged in politics on Independence Day…every year Arif Aqueel organises a function in which he also felicitates freedom fighters. Rising above party politics, I have been participating in this function for many years. I took the flag they gave me thinking it is the national flag and when I found it was the flag of a particular party, I handed it back,” he said.

Gaur rubbishes rumours that he would join Cong or any other political outfit

On being questioned about his growing proximity with Congress, Gaur rubbished the rumours that he would join the Opposition party or any other political outfit.

“I have been in BJP since my childhood and an MLA for the 10th time. Party has given me so much. I will never leave BJP. I will keep serving the party,” he said.

‘Some club member by mistake handed over Cong flag to Gaur’

According to the statement issued by Arif Aqueel Fans Club, which said it had been organising paigaam-e-mohabat rally for the last 20 years on Independence Day, “Babulal Gaur was the chief guest…. During felicitation of freedom fighters and religious leaders, there was crowd on the dais... Some member of the club by mistake handed over the Congress flag to Gaur. But when we spotted it, we immediately took it back and our office bearers apologised to Gaur.”

Even during the recent monsoon session of the state assembly, Gaur surprised many by speaking against his own government. During the assembly session Gaur alleged that ‘sada huva gehu’ (adulterated and bad quality wheat) was being distributed in Bhopal’s slum areas.

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