Ex-BSP leader puts self-immolation threat ‘on hold’

Arun Fauji had alleged that BSP ‘usurped’ the Rs 50 lakh he paid for ticket.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Updated: September 11, 2016 4:35 am

Former BSP leader Arun Fauji, who had accused the party of “usurping” the Rs 50 lakh he had paid for an Assembly ticket, and consequently threatened to immolate himself, has put his threat “on hold” after assurances from party functionaries.

“I had said that I will come to Lucknow and immolate myself. But I have put that on hold. BSP functionaries have talked to me and they have given assurances. I can’t say what they have assured me. But I will wait for what they are going to do,” Fauji, a Dalit, told The Indian Express over phone on Saturday.

In May last year, Fauji, a retired Army jawan, had been announced as the candidate contesting from Aligarh’s Khair constituency, which is reserved for scheduled castes. However, his ticket was cancelled late last month. He refused to discuss the circumstances in which the ticket had been cancelled.

On Friday, he had alleged that he had paid Rs 50 lakh for BSP candidature, and when his ticket was cancelled, his money was not returned. BSP coordinator Gajraj Vimal said that Fauji’s ticket had been cancelled, and that he was expelled from the party following complaints from locals and some “baseless allegations” he had made. A new candidate will be announced from the seat in coming days, he added.