Bhopal: Congress President Rahul Gandhi wouldn’t have thought his ice-cream break at Indore’s ’56 Dukaan’ could also spark a controversy,  but it has. Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh, the state where Rahul was campaigning, has taken exception to how Rahul addressed state in-charge Kamal Nath as ‘Kamal’ in the viral video. (Also read: ‘Part of Kashmir Wouldn’t Have Been With Pak if Patel Was CM Instead of Nehru,’ Says Chouhan) Also Read - Rs 5000/Month Pension For Children Who Lost Parents During Pandemic, MP CM Shivraj Singh Takes BIG Decision. Details

In the video, Rahul can be seen spotting a child and offering him a bite of the ice-cream. Then, he can be heard saying, “Kamal, ice cream bohat achchhi hai, tum bhi khao (Kamal, the ice cream is good, you should have it too).” Also Read - Over 50 Black Fungus Cases Detected in MP, State to Establish Special Treatment Units For Patients

While a section of the public might have gone gaga over Rahul’s gesture, Chouhan couldn’t help notice how Rahul addressed Kamal Nath by his first name. Addressing a meeting, he said, “Kamal Nath has worked with his father (Rajiv Gandhi). Is this Indian culture to address a man of 70-75 years by his name?” ANI quoted Chouhan as saying. Also Read - Congress Decides to Postpone Party President Election Due to Pandemic

Chouhan’s son Kartikey has filed a criminal defamation case against Rahul for alleging that his name figured in the Panama Papers scandal. Alluding to Rahul’s allegation, Chouhan said, “Mujh pe aur mera bete pe aarop lagane ke baad jab patrakaron ne unse (Rahul Gandhi) poochha praman hai? Toh bole confuse ho gaya tha. Waah re confuse hone wale bhaiya, agar tum aise confuse hote rahe, toh kya tum desh chala paoge? (After heaping allegations on my son and me, when journalists asked him if he had any proof, he (Rahul) said he got confused. If he keeps getting confused this way, how will he run the nation?”

Earlier, Chouhan had also threatened to file a criminal defamation suit against Rahul for dragging his son’s name in the scandal. Taking to micro-blogging site Twitter, the MP CM said, “You have been making patently false allegations of Vyapam to Panama Papers against me and my family. Tomorrow, I am filing a criminal defamation suit for maximum damages against you for frivolous and mala fide statements. Let law take its own course now.”