Five months into the 'Narmada parikrama' a march that he had dubbed as 'spiritual' and 'personal', the Congress leader and former MP Chief Minister, Digvijaya Singh's 'yatra' has acquired a political tinge.
The two-time Chief Minister entered the present Chief Minister, Shivraj Singh Chouhan's ancestral village Jait and was greeted by the BJP leader's brother , Narendra Singh Chouhan.
A self-proclaimed BJP supporter, Narendra said he offered tea to Digvijaya and his wife, Amrita.
'He was our guest. He is undertaking a religious yatra. Nothing political should be read in this,' said Narendra, a government schoolteacher. In response, Digvijaya said it was his fortune to have been greeted by the Chief Minister's brother.
Five years ago, Digvijaya had levelled serious allegations against Narendra, accusing him of running a mining racket.
In the state BJP circles the meeting was hotly discussed. While a section wondered why Narendra chose to accord a warm welcome to Digvijaya when Shivraj was recently shown black flags in Raghogarh, the hometown of the Congress veteran, during the civic poll campaign.
There is speculation that Narendra is not on the best of terms with his brother.
Congress leaders have their eyes peeled on Digvijaya's yatra, which began in the last week of September. The six-month yatra covering over 3,300 km has drawn crowds in virtually every village and tehsil along the Narmada river.
Digvijaya has been saying he is not interested in state politics, but supporters of other Congress leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia, Kamal Nath and other factions of the state unit are keeping a close watch.