A Madhya Pradesh Congress leader’s alleged objectionable remarks about the Brahmin community have triggered a controversy with the BJP threatening to prevent Rahul Gandhi’s ongoing ‘Bharat Jodo Yatra’ from entering the state if the leader is not expelled from the party.
However, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee media cell chairman KK Mishra, to whom the objectionable remarks have been attributed, claimed his comments have been “twisted” by the ruling party as they are rattled by the huge response Gandhi’s mass contact drive was getting across the country.
BJP workers on Tuesday staged a protest outside the residence of state Congress president Kamal Nath and demanded Mishra’s expulsion from the opposition party.
Mishra made the alleged remarks in an interview to a local media person while responding to a question about the state government taking action against Brahmin officials in context of the recent suspension of Jhabua district’s superintendent of police (SP) and transfer of the district collector.
While the SP was suspended for allegedly using abusive language over phone against students seeking security from him, the Jhabua collector was transferred following complaints of poor implementation of welfare schemes in the district.
In the interview, Mishra is heard saying though he is proud to be a Brahmin, he considers humanity above everything and cannot defend a “….. Brahmin who indulges in wrongdoings”.
As the comments went viral on social media, BJP workers led by Bhopal district president Sumit Pachouri staged a protest outside the residence of Kamal Nath and demanded expulsion of Mishra from the Congress.
The BJP workers said if no action is taken against Mishra, they will not allow Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Yatra, which started from Tamil Nadu in the first week of September, to enter Madhya Pradesh.
Later, some BJP leaders also met Nath at his residence and submitted a memorandum demanding Mishra’s ouster from the Congress.
Sources close to the former chief minister said he told the protesting BJP leaders he would examine the entire episode and take an appropriate action.