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Alleged slapping of security personnel: Shivraj Chouhan’s face in poster blackened in Bhopal

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Politics continues to brew over chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan allegedly manhandling and slapping his security guard during a road show in Dhar district earlier this month.

The face of Chouhan in a poster put up outside the residence of BJP state president Nandkumar Singh Chauhan was blackened by a group of people, allegedly members of Gurjar community.

The security guard in question, Kuldip Gurjar, belongs to the community. The group also put up a note demanding apology from the CM, after blackening the poster.

Later, the poster itself was removed from outside BJP chief’s residence, but by then political discussion had been fanned.

A section of Gurjar community has been protesting the incident that occurred in Dhar and has been repeatedly demanding apology from the CM. Earlier too posters have come up in different parts of state.

Sensing an opportunity to corner the CM in the election year, the Congress has been supporting the demand of the Gurjar community.

On Monday too, the opposition party said that Chouhan should tender an apology to the community.

Meanwhile, BJP chief Nandkumar Singh Chouhan said that the matter was being unnecessarily politicized.

However, the incident might have given the ruling party some worrying creases on its face as assembly polls are due in the state later this year and the Gurjar community wields significant political clout in state.

Sravani Sarkar

Editor-in-Chief Sravani Sarkar has been a journalist for 21 years. She started her career with Lokmat Times and had later joined Indian Express. She worked with Hindustan Times for 15 yrs. An award winning journalist, she is known for her work on malnutrition and women's issues in central India.