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17 Jan 2018

MP CM Shivraj Chouhan hits man, BJP defends as "reflex"

Shivraj Chouhan in trouble after hitting man

MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan is no stranger to controversies. He is making headlines again, this time for purportedly slapping a man during a roadshow yesterday.

The video has gone viral.

The Congress said it was a sign of Chouhan's "frustration". He should be booked, it demanded.

Strangely, a BJP leader defended it as an "immediate human or knee-jerk reaction."

In context

Shivraj Chouhan in trouble after hitting man

About the controversial video

The incident happened when Chouhan was at Sardarpur in Dhar district to campaign for the state's civic body polls scheduled on January 17. A video shows him hitting a man beside him while walking, then dragging and pushing him to the other side.

Congress wants Chouhan booked, but BJP calls it "knee-jerk reaction"

Reax

Congress wants Chouhan booked, but BJP calls it "knee-jerk reaction"

Leader of Opposition Ajay Singh said power had "blinded" Chouhan. He should be booked for assault to deter a public servant from performing his duty, Congress said.

The CM's PRO didn't offer any comment.

However, senior BJP leader Dr Hitesh Bajpai said the incident was being misinterpreted. Apparently, the man had stepped on Chouhan's injured foot twice.

"Chouhan only removed him to protect himself."

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Watch: The video that has gone viral

Controversies

Chouhan has drawn flak for his bizarre claims, "VIP" mentality

In 2016, Chouhan faced backlash after an image of him being carried by guards while on a flood situation review surfaced.

Last year, he drew flak after claiming MP is "far better than America, England and some other countries."

"When I got down at the Washington Airport and travelled on the road, I felt roads in MP are better than the US," he said.

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