BJP MLA Threatens Policeman at Shivraj Singh Chouhan Rally in Madhya Pradesh

BJP MLA Surendra Patwa threatened a policeman who switched off Shivraj Singh Chouhan's mic during a rally, citing the model code of conduct. The incident was caught on video and sparked controversy, with the Congress demanding action against Chouhan.

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BJP MLA Threatens Policeman at Shivraj Singh Chouhan Rally in Madhya Pradesh

BJP MLA Threatens Policeman at Shivraj Singh Chouhan Rally in Madhya Pradesh

A controversy erupted during a public rally of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Mandideep, Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency, on Thursday night when a policeman switched off the mic citing the model code of conduct. BJP MLA Surendra Patwa allegedly lost his cool and threatened the policeman, saying "Aisi jagah fikvaunga ki pata bhi nahi chalega (will get you thrown to such a place that you won't even know)."

Why this matters: This incident highlights the growing concern about the erosion of respect for the rule of law and the model code of conduct during election seasons. It also raises questions about the accountability of political leaders and their followers in adhering to democratic norms and respecting the authority of law enforcement agencies.

The incident was caught on video and went viral on social media. The policeman, Mahendra Singh Thakur, switched off the mic at 10 pm, the deadline for daily campaigning. Chouhan paused and pointed to his watch, saying there was still some time left before the deadline. Patwa, the Bhojpur MLA, then allegedly threatened and abused the policeman from the stage.

In the viral video, Chouhan is seen questioning Thakur's actions, saying, "How did you turn the mike off, it's not 10 pm yet, restore it, just remove him (concerned cop) from here." Patwa then shouted at Thakur, "Come here, I'll get you thrown to such a place that it wouldn't be possible to return." Local BJP leaders and security personnel intervened, stopping Patwa from approaching Thakur. The microphone was later turned back on, and Chouhan continued his speech.

The Congress filed a complaint with the Election Commission, demanding action against Chouhan for flouting the model code of conduct. JP Dhanopia, the state Congress in-charge of election-related issues, said a case should be registered against Chouhan for the violation. The BJP, however, rubbished the allegations, with state spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi claiming that the mic was switched off ten minutes before 10 pm and that the party always follows the model code of conduct.

The Madhya Pradesh Congress condemned the incident on social media, posting, "Look at the arrogance of BJP's former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, raising questions from the BJP platform on the implementation of the election code of conduct and Surendra Patwa misbehaving and threatening the police station in-charge Mahendra Singh Thakur. Shivraj Ji, this is the level of a former CM? Extremely indecent and condemnable act."

Surendra Patwa is the nephew of former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Sunderlal Patwa. The Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency, where the incident occurred, will go to polls in the third phase on May 7. Shivraj Singh Chouhan is the BJP candidate contesting the election from the seat. No action has been taken so far against Patwa or Chouhan, according to Sub Divisional Magistrate Chandrashekhar Shrivastava.

Key Takeaways

  • BJP MLA Surendra Patwa threatened a policeman for switching off Shivraj Singh Chouhan's mic during a rally.
  • The incident occurred in Mandideep, Vidisha Lok Sabha constituency, during a public rally on Thursday night.
  • The policeman, Mahendra Singh Thakur, switched off the mic citing the model code of conduct deadline.
  • The Congress filed a complaint with the Election Commission, demanding action against Chouhan for flouting the model code.
  • No action has been taken so far against Patwa or Chouhan, according to Sub Divisional Magistrate Chandrashekhar Shrivastava.