The rift within the Agra unit of BJP has once again come to fore with a one-minute video going viral where party MP from Fatehpur Sikri, Chaudhary Babulal, is purportedly seen accusing some local leaders, including a former MLA and district unit spokesperson, of supporting other political parties in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
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The video was shot at Babulal’s residence while he was talking to some visitors and was released on social media two days ago. It has been made public when party leaders are engaged in preparing for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally scheduled to be held in Agra on November 23.
In the video, Babulal is seen claiming that he has sent a written complaint against the local leaders to party leadership in Lucknow requesting to not to give them any responsibility in the Assembly polls in 2017.
“In logo ne — Ashok Rana, Chaudhary Udaybhan Singh, Raj Kumar Chahar— in sabne Lok Sabha chunav me humara virodh kiya tha. Vipakshi partiyon ka saath diya tha. Agar inme se kisi ko bhi pradesh netritiva ne vidhaan sabha chunaav me ticket ya koi pad diya, to Sikri ki janata inka virodh karegi (Ashok Rana, Chaudhary Udaybhan Singh and Raj Kumar Chahar worked against me in the Lok Sabha polls. They worked with the other political parties. If the BJP leadership gives them any role or position in the Assembly polls, then people from Sikri will oppose it),” Babulal is seen purportedly speaking in the video.
While Rana is a former district president, Singh is a former MLA and Chahar is party spokesperson. Babulal further stated in the video that he had lodged a complaint regarding the “misconducts of these three leaders” with party’s state level leaders including then state president Laxmikant Bajpai seeking action against them.
“I have also told (incumbent state party chief) Keshav Prasad Maurya, (state general secretary, organisation) Sunil Bansal and (national vice-president and party’s UP in-charge) Om Mathur regarding the misconducts of these three,” Babulal told The Indian Express.
Udaybhaan Singh claimed that he had been given responsibility to work in Muzaffarnagar, Kanpur and Varanasi during Lok Sabha polls and was not stationed in Fatehpur Sikri.
“He is our honourable leader and should not have said such things against me without talking to me,” he added.
Chahar said Babulal should be grateful that BJP has made him an MP and he must work for people and the party. Rana questioned the timing of the video and asked how come the MP was recalling such things more than two years after the polls.
The state BJP chief said he has not received any such complaint from Babulal. “This is party’s internal matter and if I get a complaint, we will look into it,” he added.