Congress, BJP trade charges over Amit Jogi attack

Bhopal: The ruling BJP and the main opposition Congress in Madhya Pradesh on Friday traded charges over last night's attack on former Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Ajit Jogi's son, Amit, in Jebera constituency.

Union Minister and Madhya Pradesh Congress President Kantilal Bhuria told a press conference that the attack once again showed the fascist nature of the BJP.

"The BJP, it appears has never won a fair election as it believes in winning at the hustings by adopting foul means," Bhuria said.

He said that things had become worst in Jebera after the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan went there two days back and asked the BJP workers to ensure the party's victory by any means.

Bhuria said that the Congress would submit a memorandum to the State Governor, Rameshwar Thakur and to the Election Commission on the issue of misuse of powers and about the attack on junior Jogi by the ruling party to win the polls.

On the other hand, the State BJP President, Prabhat Jha told PTI that he did not believe in violence in politics and added that all that had happened with Amit was highly unfortunate.

He said that the attack on Amit was not the handiwork of BJP workers and added that junior Jogi was beaten up by people who were angry with him for distributing liquor and cash to the voters.

Jha said that all leaders who had gone to Jebera had no business to remain there after 5 pm last evening when the campaigning came to an end.

He said that the Deputy Speaker, Harvansh Singh should not have gone to Jebera as he held a constitutional post.

The by-election to Jebera assembly is scheduled for June 25.