Congress leader Ashwin Joshi threatens to beat BJP supporters, harass people to ‘send a message’

"Those advocates who support us should be recruited in government posts," Joshi also added.

Congress candidate from Indore-III constituency, Ashwin Joshi, while addressing party workers at party’s city office, reportedly said that he would beat the BJP workers who ‘planned his defeat by deploying unfair means and practices’. Joshi had lost the Indore-III seat to BJP veteran leader Kailash Vijayvargiya’s son Akash by more than 5000 votes.

Video clips of Joshi’s statement have been circulating on social media.

He reportedly asked his party workers not to give refuge to BJP supporters and asked them to prepare a list of people and even police officials who, according to him, were working against Congress. “I wanted to ask those, who will become ministers, not to give shelter to those people supporting BJP, Whom I will beat up”, Joshi said.

“We should ensure that those police officers and other officials, who favour us, should stay here. Besides, those advocates who support us should be recruited on government posts,” he said. “A list of the goons and those involved in betting and selling illicit liquor should also be prepared and these people should be externed from Indore,” he added.
Joshi had alleged after the election results came out that Vijayvargiya had distributed money in slum areas to win the elections and that his complaints made in this regard were not addressed. He incited his party workers to harass the people who deceived the party so that a message is sent across.
“Start harassing them to the extent that people get a message that what happens to those, who cheat us”, reportedly asked his party workers.
Congress won recent state assembly elections in the state. Congress secured 114 MLA seats in the 230 seat assembly.

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