Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s bus was attacked with stones on Sunday in Sidhi district during his tour of the state ahead of the assembly elections, police said.
Stones were hurled at Chouhan’s vehicle in Churhat area, which is the assembly constituency of Madhya Pradesh’s Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s spokesperson Rajnish Agrawal said. Churhat is about 25 km from the district headquarters.
Chouhan was not hurt in the incident, Churhat Police inspector Ram Babu Choudhari told news agency PTI over the phone. He did not give more information, saying he was busy discharging his duties at a public meeting of the chief minister in the district.
Chouhan dared Singh to come in the open and fight with him while addressing the public meeting in the district as part of his Jan Ashirwad Yatra. Chouhan is touring the state in a bus modified as a chariot.
“Ajay Singh, if you have strength come in open and fight with me. I am physically weak but I won’t be bogged down by your deeds. People of the state are with me,” he said.
Singh said in a press release no Congressman was involved in the stone-pelting incident and that his party does not follow the culture of violence.
“I suspect that it was a well thought and hatched conspiracy aimed at defaming me and people of Churhat,” he added.