Digvijay’s detention in Bengaluru Hitlarshahi by BJP: Kamal Nath

Singh was detained while staging a protest near a Bengaluru resort where rebel MLAs of Madhya Pradesh Congress are staying

The former Madhya Pradesh chief minister made the remark while addressing a campaign meeting in Dabra for the upcoming bypolls. File Photo: PTI

Congress leader Digvijay Singh’s detention in Bengaluru is the display of ‘dictatorship and Hitlarshahi” by the BJP, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath said on Wednesday.

Singh was detained while staging a protest near a Bengaluru resort where rebel MLAs of Madhya Pradesh Congress are staying and demanded that he be allowed to meet them. He accused the BJP of holding the MLAs captive and said that he would go on a “hunger strike”.

Reacting to the detention, Nath said if the need arises he would also go to Bengaluru. “Preventing Congress Rajya Sabha candidate and other ministers from meeting MLAs, misbehave with them, forcibly taken them into custody is totally a dictatorship and hitlershahi (sic),” Nath said in a tweet.

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“Entire country is watching how an elected government is being made unstable and how BJP is murdering democratic values,” he said.

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“Why they are not allowing them to meet MLAs. What BJP is afraid of. BJP is playing a dirty political game in the state,” the chief minister tweeted. Demanding immediate release of detained Congress leaders, Nath said that democratic norms and Constitutional values are being stifled.

Later speaking to reporters, the Chief Minister said, “Why the BJP is afraid of presenting 16 MLAs here (Bhopal)? What is the problem in one person (Singh) meeting with 16 legislators?” Nath reiterated that his government had proven majority on the floor of the House in the last 15 months since coming to power.

Amid political uncertainty in Madhya Pradesh, the state Congress Legislature Party on Tuesday moved the Supreme Court seeking direction to the Centre and the BJP-led Karnataka government to grant it access to communicate with its rebel MLAs staying in Bengaluru.

The apex court had also directed the Kamal Nath government to respond by Wednesday to a plea by senior BJP leader Shivraj Singh Chouhan seeking immediate floor test in the Assembly.

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