Published On:18 November 2011
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

BJP ducks political hurricane, NBWs against Madhya Pradesh CM, Sushma Swaraj & others stayed

By Pervez Bari

Bhopal: A political hurricane hitting the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, (BJP), in Madhya Pradesh has been averted when a non-bailable warrant, (NBW), issued by the First Class Judicial Magistrate (FCJM) on Thursday (November 17, 2011) against the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was stayed by a sessions court.

The NBW which was also issued against the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha BJP’s Mrs. Sushma Swaraj and two others in connection with the dihonouring of the National Tri-colour has been stayed from execution by the Sehore District Additional Sessions Court. However, The Additional Sessions Judge Vijay Malviya stayed the NBWs issued by FCJM Jaffer Iqbal and set December 1 as the next date for hearing after hearing a plea by Defence Counsel BL Jat.

The news of NBW against the state Chief Minister sent jitters down the spine in the Chouhan’s camp with memories of exit of Ms Uma Bharti’s, the former chief minister, in similar circumstances began to haunt them. However, the nightmare was short lived as after few hours the news of NBW having been stayed trickled in and brought back the smile on faces in the Chouhan’s camp and one and all heaved a sigh of relief. The imminent political hurricane following the fallout of the NBW had left them unscathed.

Earlier in the day a local court of Judicial Magistrate First Class in Nasrullahganj, a small town and a Nagar Panchayat in Sehore district, directed issuance of non-bailable warrants against the Opposition Leader in the Lok Sabha Mrs. Sushma Swaraj, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and two others in connection with insulting the National Flag. While hearing a complaint — filed by local resident Dwarka Jat on May 6, 2010 — Judicial Magistrate Jaffer Iqbal’s Court directed registering of case against the two BJP leaders, besides the then collector Sandip Yadav and district BJP president Raghunath Bhati under the Prevention of Insults to National Honour Act, 1971 and directed them to appear before the court.

The complaint stated that Chouhan organised a felicitation programme for Mrs. Swaraj at Nasrullahganj on March 31, 2010. During the programme, a rally was taken out wherein a girl — dressed as Bharat Mata — was allegedly bearing a Tricolour upside down. Jat said he went to Nasrullahganj Police Station to have a First Information Report registration but police refused to do so, he moved the court.

Meanwhile, in the state capital Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) President Kantilal Bhuria and MPCC Media Department Chairman Manak Agarwal have demanded that the two BJP leaders should resign. Mrs. Swaraj and Chouhan should tender resignation following the footsteps of former chief minister Uma Bharti — who resigned after a non-bailable warrant was issued against her by a court in Karnataka, they said.

It may be recalled that in the November-December 2003 Assembly polls, Ms Uma Bharti led the BJP to a three fourths majority in Madhya Pradesh. However, she had to resign from the post of Chief Minister in August 2004, when an arrest warrant was issued against her regarding the 1994 Hubli riot case. She remained Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh from December 8, 2003 to August 22, 2004 She was succeeded by Babulal Gaur.

Meanwhile, as the state BJP President, Shivraj Singh Chouhan was chosen to become the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on November 30, 2005. He replaced Babulal Gaur as the chief minister. He contested a bye-election from Budhni assembly constituency the following year, winning his old seat by a margin of over 36,000 votes. In 2008, Shivraj Singh Chouhan retained the Budhni seat by over 41,000 votes, and with it, led the BJP to a second consecutive victory in the state. On December 12, 2008, he was sworn in for his second term.

Chouhan served as General Secretary of the BJP and State President, Madhya Pradesh BJP. He joined the RSS in 1972. He has been a five-time Member of Parliament, representing Vidisha in the Lok Sabha since 1991. At present, he represents Budhni, a tehsil place in Sehore District of Madhya Pradesh in the state assembly.

[Pervez Bari is a senior Journalist based at Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh. He is associated with IndianMuslimObserver.com as Bureau Chief (Madhya Pradesh). He can be contacted at pervezbari@eth.net]

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