An unidentified young man today threw ink on former Maharashtra Chief Minister and Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee chief Ashok Chavan when the latter visited Hasanbagh Square in East Nagpur to address a public meeting ahead of the Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) elections. When Chavan was seated on the dais a young man suddenly took to the dais and shouted ‘Ashok Chavan Murdabad’ and then threw ink on Chavan. The man was immediately taken off the stage by congress supporters and beaten badly after which the police intervened and arrested the man. The incident took place in the presence of Nagpur City Congress leaders Vilas Muttemwar, Ashok Dhawad, Vikas Thakre, Sheikh Hussain, Suresh Bhoyar, Atul Kotecha, Abhijeet Wanjari and Atul Londe. Also present were congress politicians from Mumbai Naseem Khan and Bhai Jagtap.
When Chavan took to the stage later, in an address to the gathering he said, “This is an act by RSS and BJP and we will retaliate by winning the NMC elections this year.” He urged people to vote for Congress in the upcoming NMC elections and help the party win. Speaking about the attack he added, “I’m not someone who gets discouraged by such attacks. Congress has the strength to run a city, run Maharahstra and run the country. And from the support of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, we will continue our struggle in the state and if we get your support we will surely succeed.”
Ex-MP Vilas Muttemwar who was seated next to Ashok Chavan when the incident took place said during his address, “Congress is not scared of such attacks and so is not Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Ashok Chavan. This is an act by the BJP and this kind of attack is not going to discourage us. I’m saddened as what happened today is not the culture of Nagpur.”