Khargone (Madhya Pradesh): A delegation of Congress leaders visiting Khargone town faced humiliation after locals questioned their visit to the violence-hit localities in the town. Many locals who were present shot a video of the entire incident and circulated it on social media.
Earlier, the administration had decided to lift all restrictions that were imposed under Section 144 after it claimed that the situation in the town has returned to normal 24 days after violence hit the town on Ram Navami.
A Congress delegation comprising former cabinet minister and Mandleshwar MLA Dr Vijaylaxmi Sadho, Sonkatch MLA Sajjan Singh Verma, Rajpur MLA Bala Bachchan, Khargone MLA Ravi Joshi, Bhikangaon MLA Jhuma Solanki and Congress party Khargone in-charge Gajendra Singh Rajukhedi reached Khargone and visited Malipura, one of the violence-hit locality.
As soon as they started interacting with people, many women and men surrounded them and started questioning their real intention. Congress party leaders attempted to dodge the questions and decided to move out of the locality.
The Congress leaders had come to investigate the cause of the riots and the action of the administration after the riots. Verma and Dr Sadho had to return under a security cordon.
Meanwhile, Congress said that the incident was BJP sponsored. Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee media coordinator Narendra Saluja has issued a statement saying that some people sponsored by the BJP disrupted the work of the committee, but the investigation team successfully discussed the riots with many representatives.
Memorandum submitted against Digvijaya
Members of Sakal Hindu Samaj and Raghuvanshi Samaj submitted a memorandum to the Congress delegation addressing the president of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi.
Members raised slogans against the former chief minister. In a memorandum, Raghuvanshi Samaj accused that stone-pelting on Ram Navami procession was well planned, but Congress national general secretary spread fake news on social media saying that youths belonging to the minority community served ëSharbatí to the members of the Raghuvanshi community during the Ram Navami procession, but no such gesture was made by the minority community.
Besides, Singh conspired to create religious unrest in the state by publishing an image in which some persons could be seen hoisting a saffron flag atop a structure. He portrayed as if the photograph was of Khargone. But it was not from Madhya Pradesh. Singh posted the picture on April 12, two-day after stone-pelting violence in Khargone town.
Members sought good sense for the Congress leader so that he does not malign Hindus in future. After this, locals raised slogans against Digvijaya Singh. In reply, Sajjan Verma started raising slogans against Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Before the situation could go out of control, one of the Congress MLAs Mukesh Nayak intervened and said that whatever Digvijaya Singh said, was his personal opinion and the Congress party has got nothing to do with this.
'Trained masked women sent to disrupt meeting'
Speaking to media persons after the incident, Sajjan Verma accused that trained masked women were sent to spoil their meeting with the violence victims in localities.
Verma said that he had interacted with one poor woman and mother of four daughters. She shared her ordeal with him saying that she lost all of her stuff and asked for some financial assistance. Verma agreed to help her and consoled her. Verma said that the administration here has completely failed, the collector and SP want to curry favour with the government and said that then these riots would not have happened if the SP and Collector had been free to do their duty.