As the Madhya Pradesh by-polls are inching closer, personal and political attacks between BJP and Congress leaders have escalated. VD Sharma, president of BJP's state unit, on Friday lambasted on senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh of calling Batla House encounter "fake" and questioning the 2016's surgical strikes against terrorist camps in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir by the Indian Army.
Stepping up his attack on Singh, Sharma called the Congress leader a "biggest traitor". "Digvijaya Singh aaj ka sabse bada Jaichand hai (Digvijaya Singh is the biggest traitor of present times)," the BJP leader said.
Recently, Kisan Congress state head Dinesh Gurjar had stoked a major controversy while calling Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan "Bhukha-Nanga", stating that he comes from a poor background. The BJP had taken a strong objection and also complained to the Election Commission which had directed an FIR against Gurjar.
Meanwhile, BJP senior leader and state forest minister Vijay Shah, who often lands in controversy for his off the cuff remarks, likened senior Congress leader and former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath with "Kadaknath", a kind of black fowl found in Malwa-Nimar region.
Moreover, Shah recalled about mass exodus of MLAs from Congress party and said that Madhya Pradesh had seen a mandi (market) of MLAs where every horse and donkey were sold.
Earlier, Kamal Nath had said that Shivraj Singh Chouhan is a "great actor, who always engages in theatrics in his political life". Nath had even advised Chouhan to go to Mumbai as he could beat artists like Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan.
When political allegations and such loose comments were flying around, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijaywargiya also joined in on Wednesday to launch an attack on Opposition and called Digvijaya Singh and Kamal Nath " Chunnu-Munnu". This is not the first time as Vijaywargiya had earlier dubbed Kamal Nath as "Kapat Nath".
Retorting to this, senior Congress leader Sajjan Singh Verma said, "If you try spitting at those who have a bigger stature than you, you will end up spitting at yourself,” said Verma, claiming that Vijayvargiya used to engage in "witchcraft and dreamt of becoming Chief Minister". He said, "Look! where the BJP has thrown him."
Not only this, Dewas MP Mahendra Solanki had recently accused the Congress of "torturing" late Agar MLA Manohar Untwal which led to his demise.
A Madhya Pradesh cabinet minister Mohan Yadav had once said, "Hum vo log hain ki koi bura karega to ghar se nikal layenge aur zameen me gaad denge (We are the ones that if anybody harms us, we will bring the one out of his home and would bury him in the ground)."
Political rivalry has been bitter between the BJP and Congress for long but after the Congress government led by Kamal Nath was ousted from power in unceremonious manner, the bitterness has surged between the mainstream political rivals.