(Eds: Adds Scindia, Nath quotes) Bhopal, Mar 20 (PTI) Congressman-turned-BJP Rajya Sabha MP Jyotiraditya Scindia on Saturday helped an injured policemen while on his way from Bhopal airport to Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan's residence, a party functionary said.
Incidentally, exactly a year ago, 22 Congress MLAs loyal to Scindia had rebelled against the party, quit the Assembly and joined the BJP, leading to the fall of the Kamal Nath government.
'When his motorcade was on its way from the airport to the CM's residence where both are scheduled to have lunch together, Scindia saw a policeman injured after a fall and helped him. The policeman has been hospitalised,' said party spokesperson Pankaj Chaturvedi.
The policeman had sustained a minor injury on his forehead and a video of Scindia putting a handkerchief on the wound went viral on social media.
Superintendent of Police (North) Vijay Khatri denied that the policeman was hit by one of the vehicles in Scindia's entourage.
'He fell after feeling dizzy. Scindia helped him,' the SP said.
Meanwhile, the Congress, in protest against the way their government fell last year, observed 'Loktantra Samman Diwas' and held a 'Tiranga Yatra' across the state, said party spokesperson Bhupendra Gupta.
Gupta said all COVID-19 norms were adhered to during the protest.
State BJP media in charge Lokendra Parasar, however, tweeted that Saturday was 'khushali diwas' (happiness day).
Later, Scindia and Chouhan, along with several of the latter's cabinet colleagues, had lunch, BJP functionaries said.
Scindia mocked the Congress' 'Loktantra Samman Diwas' and said it was the latter that had killed democracy in the state during its 15-month rule.
The day started off with Nath releasing a video message from Delhi claiming he was aware of the 'opposition's (BJP at the time) dealings' but he preferred to respect democracy and save the Constitution rather than enter into any deal to form a 'purchased government'.
He said the opposition, after his resignation on March 20 last year, formed a government through a deal and 'killed the spirit of the Constitution'. PTI LAL BNM BNM