Amarkantak (MP): Congress here on Thursday launched a campaign against illegal mining along the banks of Narmada river, even as the BJP workers showed black flags to the party MP Sajjan Singh Verma for using allegedly derogatory language about the river a few days ago.
Verma, along with Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee's Media Department Chairman, Manak Agrawal, came here on the invitation of religious leaders to launch a campaign to save Narmada river from illegal mining.
While Verma was talking to the party workers, some BJP activists arrived on the spot. They waved black flags and hurled bangles and slippers at him.
Congress workers shouted slogans against BJP and set afire an effigy of the State Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan. Later, when the ruckus died down, Verma announced that he will provide Rs 10 lakh from his MP fund for making the river pollution-free.
Leader of Opposition in the State Assembly, Ajay Singh, condemned the incident at Amarkantak. While state BJP Spokesman, Vijesh Lunawat, said that people of Amarkantak did not spare Verma for "disrespecting the holy river".
Verma, a few days ago, had said that the river was being "raped", to which BJP took a strong exception, and he later apologised.


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