NEW DELHI: Responding to Jyotiraditya Scindia‘s allegation that he was called a “dog” by Kamal Nath, the Congress leader on Sunday said that he did not address the BJP MP as a “dog” and that people of Ashok Nagar in Madhya Pradesh are a witness to it.
“Yesterday Jyotiraditya Scindia said that I had called him a dog in Ashok Nagar. I neither addressed him as a dog nor I will do so, people of Ashok Nagar are witness to this,” Kamal Nath said clarified.
Scindia had on Saturday claimed that Kamal Nath used the epithet “dog” for him.
“Kamal Nath came here and called me a dog. Yes, Kamal Nath, I am a dog and the public is my owner. Yes, I am a dog because the dog protects his owner,” Scindia said at a rally at Sadora, about 20 km from Bhopal.
A video of the speech later went viral on social media.
#WATCH: Kamal Nath ji calls me a dog, yes I am a dog because I am a servant of the people… because a dog protects… https://t.co/v56WJ1DcDW
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However, Nath’s media coordinator Narendra Saluja said that the former chief minister never used such a word for Scindia or any other leader.
“Kamal Nath never used this word for anybody in his speeches,” Saluja said.
Nath had courted controversy recently when he termed minister and BJP candidate Imarti Devi as “item”. On Friday, the Election Commission revoked his “star campaigner” status for repeated violations of the model code.
Scindia quit the Congress in March with 22 MLAs loyal to him, which brought down the Nath-led government in the state.
Bypolls to a total of 28 seats in Madhya Pradesh will be held on November 3.