A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP was thrashed by public at a government programme in Pratapgarh district on Saturday.
The MP of Pratapgarh, Sangam Lal Gupta, who was visiting a health camp organized in Sangipur block of his constituency was chased by the irate mob and trashed. While he was driving away, the mob pelted stones on his vehicle.
Later, the BJP alleged that the supporters of senior Congress leader Pramod Tiwari and her legislator daughter Aradhana Mishra were behind the assault. A few BJP workers present at the programme were also roughened up during this scuffle. Infuriated at the thrashing, the party workers staged a dharna on Varanasi highway and demanded action against the Congress leader. BJP MP Gupta too joined the protestors.
Late on Saturday evening an FIR was lodged at Lalganj police station of Pratapgarh district against Pramod Tiwari and his legislator daughter along with 27 of their supporters on the charge of attempt to murder and creating ruckus. The BJP workers and MP ended the dharna after the FIR was lodged.
Congress leaders have said that the public gathered at the health camp was annoyed with the arrangements and malfunctioning of the state machinery and confronted the BJP MP. On not getting satisfactory answers, a few of them shouted slogans and chased him.