Madhya Pradesh, Sept 21-The BJP has threatened to block Rahul Gandhi’s ongoing “Bharat Jodo Yatra” from entering the state if a Madhya Pradesh Congress leader who allegedly made offensive remarks regarding the Brahmin group is not dismissed from the party.
The head of the media cell for the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee, KK Mishra, who is accused of making the offensive statements, asserted that the governing party had “twisted” his words in response to the overwhelming support Gandhi’s mass contact effort was receiving nationwide.
The alleged comments were made by Mishra during an interview with a member of the local media in response to a query about the state government’s taking action against Brahmin officials in light of the recent suspension of the superintendent of police for the Jhabua district and the transfer of the district collector. The Jhabua collector was transferred in response to concerns about the district’s inadequate welfare programme execution, while the SP was suspended for reportedly using harsh language over the phone toward kids who sought his protection.
Mishra is heard saying in the interview that he is glad to be a Brahmin but that he puts humanity above all else and cannot defend a “.. Brahmin who indulges in wrongdoings.”
In response to the statements going viral on social media, BJP members protested outside Kamal Nath’s home and requested that Mishra be expelled from the Congress under the leadership of Bhopal district president Sumit Pachouri.
The BJP members threatened to prevent Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, which began in Tamil Nadu in the first week of September, from entering Madhya Pradesh if no action is taken against Mishra.
Later, a delegation from the BJP approached Nath at his home and delivered a memorandum calling for Mishra to be expelled from the Congress. According to sources close to the former chief minister, he promised the BJP leaders who were protesting that he would look into the entire incident and take the necessary steps.