With only a day left for the Lok Sabha elections to begin, spirits are high among the politicians as well as the voters. Ahead of a day that will go a long way to determining the outcome of India's 17th Lok Sabha elections, politicians around the country have been pulling out all the stops. While in Karnataka a contender is performing a 'Naagin dance' to woo voters and to uplift his supporters, in UP candidates are being bathed with bucket-fulls of milk. However, in Maharashtra, a rather serious development was witnessed when a sitting BJP state minister was attacked while he was giving his speech in an election rally
At a BJP election campaign rally in Maharashtra's Jalgaon, Girish Dattatray Mahajan, Water Resource Minister in the state, was heckled and pushed off the stage. He was further manhandled by the crowd and kicked.
The incident took place at around 7 in the evening, when the minister was speaking at the election campaign rally. Four men jumped on to the stage attacked him. Sources have informed that when supporters tried stopping them, more people took to the stage.
The video that has been accessed by Republic, shows people kicking a man behind the minister and then dragging the minister off the stage. The crowd can be heard shouting, 'Maaro maaro' ('hit him, hit him').
The Maharashtra Police took charge of the situation within minutes and are investigating the reason behind the attack. However, sources have informed that the men attacking the minister were also fellow BJP workers.
The country goes to polls on April 11 and the counting takes place on May 23. Polls in Maharashtra take place in four phases starting from April 11.