//BJP leader accused of slapping PWD officer

BJP leader accused of slapping PWD officer

Wednesday, July 05, 2006 IANS

BHOPAL: A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman in Madhya Pradesh has been accused of slapping a Public Works Department (PWD) official on Wednesday for not obeying him.

According to a complaint lodged with the Bhopal police, BJP state spokesman Uma Shankar Gupta allegedly beat up R.C. Chaturvedi, a sub-divisional officer with the PWD.

"Gupta called me and asked why the complaints of the party corporators were not being attended. When I rubbished his charges, saying that all the work was being attended to promptly, he started abusing me and threatened that I would lose my job. When I objected to his filthy language, he slapped me," Chaturvedi said.

On asked whether he would take up the matter with the police or the chief minister, he said: "The police, instead of filing an FIR, has received his complaint. The Madhya Pradesh Rajya Adhikari Sangh (State Officers' Association) is holding a meeting to decide the next course of action."

Gupta, however, has denied slapping or abusing Chaturvedi. "He was supposed to be present at the public grievance redressal that I conduct from time to time. Since he did not turn up for one such camp two days ago, I called him to my residence and asked him to be sincere towards his responsibilities or be prepared to be transferred. That was all," said Gupta.

Gupta, in turn, has accused Chaturvedi of misbehaving with corporators and other people's representatives. Said Gupta: "He has misbehaved with the party corporator Anil Agarwal when the latter urged him do complete some pending work in his area."