In yet another instance of unruly behaviour by a politician, sources have reported that a Congress Spokesperson Sunny Rajpal on Monday, was involved in a scuffle with local police authorities in Indore, Madhya Pradesh after he was denied entry into a press conference.
Sources have further informed that the press conference was held by Madhya Pradesh Public Works Department (PWD) minister Sajjan Singh Verma where Rajpal tried to force his entry into the venue.
Visuals show an on-duty police officer stopping Rajpal from entering the venue. On being denied entry, Rajpal is seen to lose his cool and shove the officer away claiming, 'I am the spokesperson of this area'. When the officer refuses to let Rajpal enter in spite of his threat, Rajpal is seen forcing his way into the venue anyways. The entire incident was reportedly brought under control after CSP Jyoti Umath intervened.
The city had also seen scuffle between Congress and BJP workers during the heat of election campaign in April when BJP and Congress candidates (Shankar Lalwani and Pankaj Singh Sanghvi) from the Lok Sabha constituencies were filing for nomination at Rajwada area in Indore.
Republic reporter on the ground has said:
"During that time, at the Rajwada road, BJP and Congress workers started fighting with each other. The BJP workers were enthusiastic due to the presence of their senior leaders like former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan and started chanting 'Modi Modi.' In response to these chants, Congress workers started chanting 'Chowkidar chor hai' which started a scuffle between both party supporters."
Visuals show that both party workers start fighting with each other, kicking and pushing each other. Some supporters are seen to hit the other using belts while chanting 'Modi Modi' and 'Chowkidar Chor hai' respectively. Party flags are also seen waving in the scuffle. The police are seen to intervene and separate the crowd after which both party supporters are seen to disperse in opposite directions.
While scuffles have erupted periodically during the election campaign all over India, West Bengal saw the highest number of violent incidents with the election being hampered during all seven phases and in post-poll rallies too.