Bhopal: Days after senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh alleged that his speeches lessen the party’s vote share, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that the party should at least respect its leaders. Speaking to the reporters, Chouhan said, “Kum se kum Congress ke log apne neta ki izzat karein, maine socha nahi tha ki Congress apne neta ki yeh durdasha karegi.”

Addressing a gathering of Congress party workers in Bhopal, Digvijay Singh on Saturday said that he won’t make any more speeches for Madhya Pradesh Assembly Elections 2018 as they damage the party’s prospects.

“Agar kaam nahi kiya toh khwaab dekhte reh jaaoge, agar aise kaam karoge toh sarkaar nahi banegi. Jisko ticket mile, chahe dushman ko mile, jitao. Aur mera kaam kewal ek, koi prachar nahi, koi bhashan nahi. Mere bhashan dene se toh Congress ke vote kat te hain, isliye main jata nahi,” Digvijaya Singh said.

The Congress leader’s statement came a few days after Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati ruled out an alliance with the Congress party for the Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan Assembly elections and slammed Singh for his claim that the BSP is abstaining for entering the grand alliance because she is under pressure from the Centre.

Attacking Digvijay Singh, Mayawati said that while Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi‘s intentions regarding the alliance are honest, some leaders are sabotaging their efforts. “They are afraid of agencies like ED, CBI. Digvijaya Singh who is also a BJP agent is giving statements that Mayawati ji has a lot of pressure from Centre so she doesn’t want this alliance. This is baseless,” she said.

Defending himself, the Congress leader said that Mayawati had earlier made her intentions clear by announcing an electoral pact with Ajit Jogi’s Janta Congress Chhattisgarh for the Assembly polls in Chhattisgarh and was under Centre’s pressure.