Even as the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh is gearing up for the Assembly by-polls, one of its legislator accused the state government of harassing him and his followers.
In a letter to the state BJP organising General Secretary Kaptan Singh Solanki on Wednesday, legislator Rattan Singh Lodhi alleged the collector, superintendent of police and other officials of Sagar district ignored different recommendations he made as a lawmaker.
He also accused them of harassing him and his followers.
Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) Lodhi's allegations have come at a time when the elections to the Bada Malhera Assembly seat-vacated by the Bhartiya Jan Shakti (BJS) party national President Uma Bharati are due anytime and the state BJP is leaving no stone unturned to grab it in next elections.
In December 2003 polls, Bharati won the seat as a BJP candidate and rose to become the chief minister of the state. Now the seat has become a prestige issue for both the BJS and the BJP.
Lodhi is perceived close to Bharti. Lodhi caste dominates the electorate in the constituency and Bharati also belongs to the same caste.
He also sent the copies of the letter to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former party President LK Advani, national President Rajnath Singh, state BJP President Satyanarayan Jatia and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Solanki said he had received the letter but refused to divulge details saying: "It was party's internal matter and it would be looked into."