Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday denied any attempt had been made
on the life of Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh at
Ujjain on July 17.
Replying to a four-hour discussion on Congress-sponsored
adjournment motion on the issue, Chouhan said Singh had come
to Madhya Pradesh a number of times and he had been given
adequate security on all occasions.
While MP Congress leaders alleged Singh`s cavalcade was
attacked by BJP activists, media reports claimed Singh had
slapped a BJP worker, which the Congress general secretary
Chouhan said politicians face black flag demonstrations
all the time but the manner in which Singh had reacted on
July 17 was unheard of.
Singh got down from his car and began chasing protesting
workers of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha who were angry with
some of his statements, he said.
Chouhan said that following his controversial statements,
Singh is no longer taken seriously by anyone in the country
and added this was personally sad for him.
Singh was a very good Chief Minister when he began his
term in 1993 but in the second term he changed, he added.
He, however, remained silent on Congress` demand for a
judicial inquiry into the July 17 incident.
Earlier, Leader of the Opposition Ajay Singh said the
attack on Digvijay Singh was the culmination of various events
that had been taking place in the state in recent years.
He alleged the law and order situation in the state was
on the verge of collapse and those belonging to Sangh
organisations had become emboldened to take law in their own
The Chief Minister should order a judicial probe into
Sunday`s incident so that everyone learns the true facts about
it, Ajay said.
Ajay also criticised Chouhan for describing Digvijay as a
leader who was spreading anarchy.
The Leader of the Opposition spoke in detail of various
incidents that had taken place during BJP rule since 2003.
Ajay later told reporters that the party would decide on
its next course of action following the rejection of its
demand for a judicial inquiry into Sunday`s incident in
consultation with the state Congress president Kantilal