Bhopal: Hitting out at Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh on Sunday called him ‘coward’ for ‘not holding even a single official press conference during the past six years of his rule.’

“I am convinced that as far as media is concerned, Chouhan is a coward, for he has not mustered the courage to address even a single official press conference during his rule,” Digvijay Singh said.

He further explained that an official press conference is the one, which is held at the state secretariat. He also said that during his own 10-year long tenure as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, he used to hold an official press conference almost every month. Digvijay added that it was difficult to understand Chouhan's reluctance to talk to the media, despite making a number of tall claims about ensuring development and turning Madhya Pradesh into a Golden State.

"I think Chouhan shies away from media, as he himself knows that his claims are hollow," Digvijay said.

"By keeping away from the media, Chouhan has proved conclusively that he does not have the courage to face even a single uncomfortable question.”

He further said he was amused to read the Chief Minister's statement, in which he said that he could not understand how a corrupt man could sleep peacefully at night.

"It is now known that there are three currency counting machines at Chouhan's residence. I am sure that these machines have not been purchased to count the salary that Chouhan gets," Singh said.