LS elections: BJP and Cong workers clash during TV channel debate in MP

Workers and leaders of the Congress and the BJP allegedly attacked each other with sticks and plastic chairs on Saturday evening, injuring some during a poll debate organized by a news channel at a public park in Madhya Pradesh’s Jabalpur.

Videos of two groups throwing plastic chairs and using sticks are circulating on social media.

City Superintendent of Police Pankaj Mishra confirmed the incident.

“One person was injured in this incident and hospitalized. Some activists have also suffered injuries,” he said, adding that the process of filing FIRs by both parties is underway.

The incident took place when a TV news channel had organized a debate at Bhawartal Park in the evening.

The BJP and the opposition Congress exchanged charges of violence.

BJP MLA Abhilash Pandey alleged that Congress leaders had made certain comments against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which were opposed by saffron workers.

“During the heated argument, former Congress MLA Vinay Saxena and his supporters attacked BJP workers. This shows the desperation of the Grand Old Party, which is staring at an election defeat,” Pandey alleged.

On the other hand, former Congress MLA Vinay Saxena alleged that BJP workers had pressured a Congress supporter during the debate.

According to Saxena, Congress workers were injured when BJP members attacked them with pipes and chairs.

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First print: April 14, 2024 | 6:51 am IST