A day after supporters of Madhya Pradesh Health Minister Tulsi Silawat attacked Indore civic officials for removing hoardings put up on streets to mark his birthday, Silawat and different members of the state Cabinet have stated the “officials were doing the right thing”.
Videos of the incident purportedly present Silawat’s supporters assault officials of Indore Nagar Nigam with sticks and hurl abuses at them. The civic employees then left and returned with police pressure to proceed the train.
Indore Nagar Nigam Commissioner Asheesh Singh informed The Indian Express that an FIR had been lodged in reference to the incident. The FIR names Rahul Silawat, Chintu Silawat, Kapil Kaushik and Vikki Khateek on costs of assault, abuse and for interfering within the work of a public official.
MP PWD minister Sajjan Verma stated, “We had taken the decision (to remove hoardings) in a Cabinet meeting where Silawat was present. The CM gave instructions that this politics of banners and posters should be stopped.”
Silawat stated, “I want to tell my supporters that for the beauty of Indore, some sacrifices will have to be made. Hoardings ruin the beauty of the city…Nagar Nigam did the right thing. I am giving directions to my supporters that there should be no hoardings in the future.”
Former CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan stated on Wednesday, “This is what is destroying law and order. When a minister and his supporters don’t respect the law, how can you expect it from anyone else?”