BJP, Congress workers clash after Shivraj Chouhan meeting in Digvijaya Singh’s turf
3 Congress workers arrested following FIRs against 22 BJP and Congress workers.bhopal Updated: Jan 14, 2018 13:37 IST
Three Congress workers were arrested on Saturday in connection with a clash between them and BJP cadre after chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s public meeting at Raghogarh, the home turf of AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh, on Friday night.
FIRs were registered against 22 workers — 13 from BJP and 9 from Congress — of both parties, said police sources.
Chouhan was at Raghogarh to address a public meeting in favour of BJP candidate contesting Raghogarh Nagar Palika election.
When he was addressing the meeting around 9.30 pm, Congress workers raised slogans against him for allegedly choosing to visit the area after 12 years, that too when election to the civic body was scheduled there.
After the CM departed, the cadre of the ruling party and the grand old party clashed and pelted stones at each other. Police resorted to use of force to control the situation while the district administration issued prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC. The clash went on for about an hour. FIRs were lodged from both sides.
Digvijaya Singh who is presently on a ‘Narmada parikrama’ (taking a round of river Narmada) made an appeal to people in his area to maintain peace and order.
Congress MLA from Raghogarh and son of Digvijaya Singh, Jaivardhan Singh blamed Chachora MLA Mamta Meena’s followers for going on rampage at Congress workers’ homes. The BJP leaders were frustrated over the low turnout at the CM’s meeting.
Meena, however, blamed the Congress leaders for disturbances during the CM’s meeting and the attack on BJP workers.
Raghogarh police station town inspector DPS Chauhan confirmed the arrest of three Congress workers and said the situation in the area was peaceful while investigation was going on.