Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has stoked a controversy after he was caught on camera saying 'Murdabad' to his own party's workers who did not support their Bairagarh candidate in the recently concluded Madhya Pradesh elections.
The two-time former CM of MP was addressing his party workers, when he undermined the efforts of those who did not support Naresh Gyanchandani, Congress' candidate from the constituency, in the 2018 state elections.
"I would like to thank all those who worker for Naresh during the elections. And 'Murdabad' to those Congress workers who did not," Digvijaya said before adding, "I would like to welcome those joining Congress from BJP."
In the Bairagarh constituency, Congress' Naresh Gyanchandani won just over 91,000 seats, but ended up on the losing end as BJP's Rameshwar Sharma won by getting over 1,05,000 seats.
The 2018 Madhya Pradesh elections saw Congress come back to power in the state after 15 years. The grand old party won a total of 114 seats in the 230-seat assembly. But they managed to form the government after getting support from the Samajwadi Party, Bahuj Samaj Party and the Independents, who altogether won 7 seats. Veteran party leader Kamal Nath was chosen as the CM ahead of Jyotiraditya Scindia.
Since then, the grand old party has taken a number of steps which has drawn the ire, both from the public and from the opposition. Immediately after forming government, they announced farm loan waivers - one of the many promises Congress made in its election manifesto.
Further, the party decided to scrap the MISA pension, which was given over the years to the thousands of people who fought during the Emergency in 1975-77. Under the scheme, the initial allowance of Rs 6,000, was given to those who spent at least six months in jail during Emergency.
A similar controversy came about when Kamal Nath's government put a ban on the recitation of the national song 'Vande Mataram' in the Secretariat on the first working day of every month.