Express press service
RAIPUR: The Assembly’s indirect vote in Chhattisgarh’s Khairagarh has literally gone ‘colorful’ after the ruling Congress and the opposition BJP started squabbling over the tints on their respective party flags. The election battle got a new narrative after Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrived in the constituency to campaign for the BJP. Linking the color saffron to religious feelings, Chouhan said anyone wearing saffron dresses in Chhattisgarh was suppressed by the government of Bhupesh Baghel. “The Baghel government is destroying the culture of Sanatan Dharam in the state,” Chouhan alleged.
Reacting to Chouhan’s statement, Baghel countered that it was wrong to link any color to a religion. The Chhattisgarh CM pointed out that besides saffron, the BJP flag also has a green color. “The MP CM didn’t mention it in his speech,” Baghel quipped of Chouhan.
“The BJP flag does not have white color which symbolizes peace, and therefore, they (the BJP) create trouble. Saffron means supreme sacrifice. Our religious seers take saffron when they renounce everything in this world “Can the BJP show a single example of the sacrifice it has made? The Congress flag has saffron, followed by white and green, which reflects nature,” Baghel said.
The cool shadow of the election campaign has become a talking point in the constituency. The Khairagarh seat in Rajnandgaon district became vacant following the death of Janta Congress Chhattisgarh (J) MP Devvrat Singh, a descendant of the former royal family of Khairagarh, in November last year. The regional political outfit was launched by the late former CM Ajit Jogi in 2016.
Voting will take place on April 12. Both the Congress and the BJP have lined up female OBC leaders. While Congress has given a ticket to its head of the Khairagarh bloc committee, Yoshida Verma, the saffron camp is betting on the head of OBC Morcha, Komal Jangle.