It was captured on camera, but Mohammed Mushtaq has claimed it never happened.
Mushtaq, who was allegedly assaulted by Minister of State for Public Works, Abdul Sattar, in Aurangabad on Sunday, has denied the incident occurred.
On Wednesday, Mushtaq gave a statement to the Aurangabad police saying that Sattar had not assaulted him and that he had tripped and fallen and Sattar was only enquiring about his well being.
Mushtaq’s turnaround is expected to dilute the charges against Sattar. The All India Congress Committee has sought a report from Chief Minister, Ashok Chavan, because the incident, which news channels telecast repeatedly, has damaged the party’s image.
A Congress leader from Aurangabad told HT requesting anonymity that Mushtaq’s U-turn did not come as a surprise.
“Undoubtedly, Mushtaq has changed his statement under pressure from senior Congress leaders who want to save Sattar’s skin. But the leaders should know that cameras don’t lie,” he said.