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CM breakfasts with Scindia’s rep, sets off political ripples 


Host denies he is joining BJP

BHOPAL : The chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, ministers in tow, drove to the residence of Manoj Jain, Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia’s representative in the Mungaoli assembly constituency on Saturday, triggering mild political tremors. Chouhan was in the constituency for campaigning. He had breakfast at the residence of the Scindia representative before hitting the campaign trail.

Chouhan’s visit triggered speculations of Jain joining the BJP. However, after Chouhan left his place, Jain denied that he was switching loyalties. He said that it was a just a ‘family visit’. He also denied that any meeting of the BJP was held at his residence. “The meeting was at a garden behind my house”, he said.

Chouhan said that he had gone to Jain’s residence for breakfast ‘just like that’. Earlier, Dr K.P. Yadav, who was very close to Scindia, had joined the BJP. After the breakfast, the local BJP leaders claimed that Jain was joining the BJP. The Congress leaders, however, discounted any such possibility.

Be that as it may, after the chief minister’s visit, Jain has become a suspect in the eyes of the Congress leadership. Jain’s father had contested the Vidhan Sabha elections from Mungaoli on Congress ticket. He was one of the front-runners in the race for securing the party’s nomination in the bye-polls. Those who accompanied Chouhan to Jain’s residence included BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chouhan and ministers Jayant Mallaiya, Bhupendra Singh and Rampal Singh.

Scindia demands CCTV cameras at sensitive polling booths

MP Jyotiraditya Scindia has demanded that CCTV cameras should be installed in sensitive polling booths in the Kolaras and Mungaoli constituencies. In a letter to the chief election commissioner O.P. Rawat, Scindia demanded that polling booths where there is a possibility of bogus voting or any other irregularity should be put under CCTV surveillance. He said that it will help identify the elements trying to vitiate the polling process. He has also enclosed a list of sensitive polling booths with his letter.