The BJP on Thursday notched up another electoral success in Madhya Pradesh, but “defection” of a newly-elected district panchayat chief to Congress marred the celebrations in Bhopal. He said he was loyal to Congress and forcibly taken to the BJP’s state unit headquarters.
Manmohar Nagar, who was elected unopposed as Bhopal district panchayat president, accused BJP MLA Rameshwar Sharma of using force and alleged, “Had I not gone to the BJP headquarters, the police would have shot me or run me over by a vehicle.’’
Nagar was in tears when he was at the BJP office in the afternoon, and emerged at the Congress state unit headquarters a couple of hours later in the evening. Declaring his loyalty to the Opposition party, he reportedly said, “I will poison myself, but not leave the Congress.’’