A STATE BJP Leader has threatened to commit suicide if the party does not pay the remaining amount to the Indian Railways for booking a train during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election campaign in 2014.
Vinod Samariya, who was the president of Fatehpur Sikri unit between 2007 and 2009, said he received a fresh reminder, the fourth, from the public transporter to pay Rs 12.29 lakh for booking a train to ferry supporters to attend an election rally of Narendra Modi in Lucknow on March 2, 2014. Samariya rued that he has approached senior BJP leaders, including Union Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu, on several occasions but has only received “assurances”.
“I am a farmer and cannot afford to pay such a huge amount of Rs 12.29 lakh. Despite making making requests to party leaders, I have only got assurances,” said Samariya, who claimed to have met Prabhu for the settlement of the dues but the latter reportedly refused to intervene.
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“The initial booking amount was Rs 18.4 lakh including the security deposit of Rs 5 lakh. Railways officials increased the bill to Rs 30.68 lakh because four new halts of Kirawali, Midhakur, Pathauli and Etmadpur were added en route to pick party supporters for the rally. I learnt about the liability when I applied for the refund of the security deposit. I met senior leaders of the state who assured me that there will be no action against me because there was ‘apni sarkar’ (BJP rule) in Delhi,” claimed Samariya.
Samariya said the party had also assured him that the amount will be paid before March 31 this year. “But I received a fresh notice from Railways on March 14. If the party does not pay the due amount, Railways officials will issue notice to attach my property. I will be left with no option but to end my life,” the leader said.
When contacted, BJP MLA and party’s state treasurer Rajesh Agrawal feigned ignorance about any amount owed to the railways. He, however, said that the party will soon deposit the due amount, if any, and also ensure that no legal action is taken against Samariya.
Divisional Commercial Manager Neeraj Bhatnagar of North Central Railway’s (NCR) Agra division said the Railways had been sending notices to the BJp leader for the past two years. “However, no decision on issuance of notice for property attachment has been taken yet.”