The BJP has accused Shivkumar Sharma,the state chief of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh,of blackmailing it and using the RSS-affiliated farmers body as a bargaining tool.
Sharma,who led Mondays agitation in Raisen district where a farmer died in police firing,has been booked under Section 307 of the IPC.
The BJP announced that it had officially complained to the RSS and the national leadership of the BKS to sack Sharma,who was arrested on Monday. State BJP chief Prabhat Jha said Sharma had sought mining leases and his application was rejected. He often asked for tickets to contest elections too,said Jha.
BJP sources said his call detail records proved he was constantly in touch with Congress leaders while leading the agitation. Jha said Sharma had tried to blackmail the government even in the past
Regarding Mondays incident,the party said Sharma had assured the administration that cadres would disperse once the dharna was over. Instead,he said,stones were ordered in trolleys and the police attacked in a pre-planned manner.
Jha said Congress chief Kantilal Bhuria and spokesman Manak Agrawal tried to arrange Sharmas bail.
BKS spokesman Sandeep Shrivastava,meanwhile,said Chief Minster Shivraj Singh Chouhan had assured that Sharma would be released soon and the case withdrawn.