Madhya Pradesh Panchayat Minister Mahendra Singh Sisodia has asked Congress leaders in the state to join the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party ahead of civic polls or face bulldozer action, a video shared on social media showed on Thursday.
“Move over to this side,” Sisodia said at a gathering in Ruthiyai town of Guna district on Wednesday, according to PTI. “In 2023 [when Assembly polls are scheduled in the state] too, the BJP will form a government in Madhya Pradesh…Mama’s bulldozer is ready.”
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is popularly known as “mama”, or maternal uncle.
There is no legal provision to destroy the property of anyone accused of an offence, but BJP governments have been increasingly dispensing “bulldozer justice” by conducting demolition drives under the guise of removing encroachments. Most of these drives were targeted at properties owned by Muslims.
राघोगढ़ में कांग्रेसियों से बोले पंचायत मंत्री महेंद्र सिंह सिसोदिया “भाजपा में आ जाओ नहीं तो 2023 के बाद बुलडोजर तैयार है”
मंत्री जी,आपका बुल डोजर अंग्रेजों से बड़ा नहीं है,हम उनसे लड़े हैं.@OfficeOfKNath pic.twitter.com/t0ZvVtd8Oh
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Chouhan has hailed the practice as a symbol of his government’s “zero tolerance” towards criminals.
Meanwhile, Guna district Congress chief Harishankar Vijaywargiya on Thursday asked Sisodia to exercise restraint. “The people of Raghogarh will give…