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Political storm in MP over CM’s picture with ISI agent

A widely circulated picture in the social media showed one of the accused in the Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI)-backed spy racket, busted in Madhya Pradesh on February 9, in the company of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. The picture sparked a political storm in the BJP-ruled state.

Opposition parties expressed serious concern over the alleged ISI link of several BJP leaders, including Chauhan. In the photograph, one of the members of the spy ring, Dhruv Saxena, was seen standing near the Shivraj. It appears that the photograph was taken at a function.

“Separate pictures showing Dhruv in company of the Chief Minister and also with BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvargia have surfaced establishing his links to BJP. It is a matter of serious concern,” the Congress spokesman said.

However, BJP State unit president Nand Kumar Chouhan dismissed the charges of links with the ISI suspect.

“This is an age of selfie. Anyone can take selfie with any leader or a celebrity. On the basis of selfie, one cannot claim anyone’s link with a certain person,” Chouhan said.

“I am categorically and repeatedly saying that the accused in the spy racket is not a member of BJP.”

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