On Tuesday, BJP leader Ajay Chandrakar addressed a public meeting wearing a cricket helmet as a protest against a stone-throwing incident in Chhattisgarh’s Supela.
While his occurrence wearing a cricket helmet left everyone in shock, he said he wore it in protest against the stone-throwing attack on him in Supela.
Though no one was hurt, the MLA blamed the Congress, the ruling party, for the attack and wore a cricket helmet the following day at a public meeting in Durg city.
Addressing the media after the meeting, Chandrakar said, “I tried sending a message to the chief minister and the home minister that the Chhattisgarh police is not available for public duty but only for VVIP duties. Some are looking after someone’s pet, while others are guarding wives, children, and residences. That is why a new police force is needed for the general public.
When a person like me, who is a former minister, can be attacked with stones, then you can imagine the plight of a common person. They are emboldening goons.”
On Wednesday, the BJP leader told the media, “The law-and-order situation in Durg is such that if an MLA is from the Opposition, then he is not safe. Stones are pelted in their meeting. I protested by wearing a helmet, but I will not use any safety gear next time. I will come here, and I will take a bullet in my chest if there is firing.”
With less than a year to go for the Assembly elections in Chhattisgarh, the BJP, as part of its “Congress Hatao, Chhattisgarh Bachao” campaign, has intensified its attacks on Baghel and his administration.
At the event in Supela on Monday, Chandrakar accused the government of corruption and alleged that it was promoting corrupt officials who “steal from.”armers.” He asked the public to vote out the Congress in the Assembly elections.
According to some reports, Chandrakar took a dig at Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge at a press conference on Wednesday for questioning the BJP’s contribution to the freedom struggle.
He also hit back at Kharge for asking BJP leaders at a rally in Rajasthan’s Alwar on Monday, “Has even a dog in your home died for the country?” Chandrakar said, “Calling someone a dog is not a cultured language. Such language is the legacy of the Nehru-Gandhi family.”
Reacting to Chandrakar’s comments, state Congress media cell chief Sushil Anand Shukla said, “As far as the stone-pelting incident in Bhilai is concerned, it was done by BJP workers. The local police will find the culprits, but then the BJP will say that we are taking revenge. You may check the history of their party workers, and you will find that BJP leaders have pointed guns at each other, abused, assaulted, and even thrown chairs at one another. It’s their culture. Even the stone pelting must have been the work of one BJP faction or the other.”
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