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MP CM a "coward" for giving in to "blackmail" by babas: AAP

Press Trust of India  |  Bhopal 

The unit of Aam Aadmi Party today termed a "coward" for giving in to the "blackmail" of "hypocrite" babas (religious leaders).

"Chouhan has given in to the blackmailing of babas who had threatened to expose the CM's Narmada Sewa Yatra. He is a coward. These babas are hypocrites," convenor Alok Agrawal told reporters.

in the Delhi government, Gopal Rai, was also present at the press conference.

The state BJP government had, on Tuesday, accorded of State (MoS) status to five Hindu religious leaders -- Narmadanand Maharaj, Hariharanand Maharaj, Computer Baba, Bhayyu Maharaj and Pandit Yogendra Mahant.

Chouhan had last year led the Narmada Sewa Yatra to conserve and revive the river and had claimed that six crore saplings were planted along its banks during the programme.

"These babas had said that they would expose the claim that six crore saplings were planted and had got banners of their Narmada Ghotala Yatra printed. Now after getting status, they are all praise for Chouhan. They are not religious leaders but hypocrites," the (AAP) leader added.

Stating that Chouhan had brought "disgrace", Agrawal said that he should ask for forgiveness from the eight crore people of

Earlier in the day, the Akhil Bharatiya Akhada Parishad (ABAP), an umbrella body of 13 main 'akhadas' (religious orders) in the country, had condemned the five religious leaders and accused them of "blackmailing" Chouhan.

"Saints should not indulge in blackmailing," told over phone, calling for the five to introspect.

Speaking on other issues, AAP's Rai said that his party would contest all 230 seats in the state Assembly polls slated for later this year.

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First Published: Thu, April 05 2018. 19:00 IST