After BJP’s strong return to power in Madhya Pradesh, Congress leaders are facing a difficult time fulfilling their tall pre-poll claims. Congress MLA Phool Singh Baraiya, who pledged to blacken his own face if BJP wins 50 seats in Madhya Pradesh led an anti-EVM protest march in Bhopal on Thursday with senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh applying a symbolic black ‘tika’ on his face.
“Baraiya is a man of commitment, but I stopped him (from blackening his own face) as his prediction proved to be right because, in the counting of postal ballots, they (BJP) got less than 50 seats,” Digvijaya Singh said. “Therefore, there is no need for him to blacken his face. Instead, BJP should blacken its own face for the way it has murdered democracy,” the former Madhya Pradesh CM added.
Earlier, Phool Singh Baraiya said that he is ready to color his face red with blood to save the Constitution, country, and democracy. The Congress MLA from Bhander seat in Datia district then announced that he will blacken his face in front of the Raj Bhavan at 2:00 PM on Thursday. But, Digvijaya Singh joined his anti-EVM march at the Roshanpura Square and applied a symbolic black ‘tika’ on his face.
Suspense continues on CM
The BJP returned to power in Madhya Pradesh with a thumping majority as it won 163 of the 230 assembly seats. Some political pundits have even claimed that Madhya Pradesh is becoming the second bastion for BJP after Gujarat as the party is set to begin its 5th term in the state. But, the prolonged suspense over the position of Chief Minister is making people wonder if everything is alright in India’s strongest party.
Earlier, it was predicted that CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan may continue his rein, due to the strong results the party got under his leadership, but as soon the MPs Narendra Tomar, Prahlad Patel, Riti Pathak, Rakesh Singh, and Uday Pratap Singh resigned from Lok Sabha, the uncertainty got intense.
(With inputs from agencies)
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Published: 07 Dec 2023, 07:52 PM IST