On December 3, the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) registered a thumping victory in three of the Hindi heartlands of Bharat. The results were way opposite to the predictions made by analysts and political pundits in their survey and ‘poll of polls’. Celebrating the landslide victory, the party workers in Madhya Pradesh’s Indore organised a victory march. While the party workers were celebrating the win and passing by the streets, Islamists living there threw boiling water at them, leaving many severely injured and even admitted to the hospital.
Following the incident, a First Information Report (FIR) was registered at the Khajrana police station of the Indore district on December 3.
According to reports, the incident occurred as the procession of BJP workers passed by the residence of Vakil Pathan, as stated by an official from the Khajrana police station.
Pathan expressed disagreement with the procession and engaged in a verbal dispute with the participants. Subsequently, he physically assaulted and verbally abused them, as reported by the official.
As per the FIR, under Pathan’s instruction, his wife Shabnam hurled boiling water at the members of the procession.
A video of the incident can be seen here:
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Following the incident, Pathan, his wife and two sons have been charged under Indian Penal Code sections 294 (obscene act), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous means) and 506 (intimidation).
“The dispute is not a big one. The matter is being investigated,” Khajrana police station in-charge Umrao Singh said.
The BJP has successfully maintained its dominance in Madhya Pradesh, dealing a significant blow to the Congress in the state elections. Securing victory for the fifth time, the saffron party claimed 163 out of the total 230 seats, decisively surpassing the Congress in this closely contested battle. Surpassing the halfway mark at 115 seats, the BJP left the Congress trailing with a mere 66 seats as they sought to remove the BJP from power.
Expressing gratitude to the people of the state after the election triumph, Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan dismissed any notion of an anti-incumbency wave. He attributed his victory to the ‘Ladli Behnas’ and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, dedicating the win to them. Chouhan affirmed his commitment to advancing Madhya Pradesh on the path of progress and development.
Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, participating in the celebratory mood, credited the success of the BJP in the state to the welfare schemes implemented by the Shivraj Chouhan-led government. He highlighted the transformative impact of the ‘Ladli Behna’ scheme as a pivotal factor in the BJP’s success.