BJP MLA from Indore Akash Vijayvargiya kicked up a fresh row with his “we don’t roam empty-handed” remark, which the ruling Congress termed as a “threat”, recalling the June incident where he had assaulted a civic official with a bat.
Akash, the son of senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, made the comments on Monday during a protest against the Kamal Nath government over inflated power bills and crop loss.
“We demand that all ministers, MLAs and other leaders of the Congress should ensure that farmers are compensated at the earliest for the crop loss caused by unseasonal rains,” Vijayvargiya said.
Adding that people were getting inflated (electricity) bills worth lakhs despite erratic supply in the state, Akash said, “This problem should be solved immediately or else you (government) know that we don’t roam around empty-handed.”
After Akash’s remarks in Hindi went viral on social media, state Congress spokesman Neelabh Mishra said that the BJP MLA’s “threatening statement” is similar to the time he assaulted a municipal corporation official with a cricket bat. He added that Akash’s remarks showed he hadn’t learnt any lesson even despite being arrested for attacking the civil official.
Alleging that the BJP had not taken any disciplinary action against Akash for the incident, Mishra said, “It seems the anarchist behaviour of its representatives in public is acceptable to the BJP.”
On June 26 this year, Akash was caught on camera assaulting Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) official Dhirendra Singh Bais with a cricket bat while opposing demolition of a dilapidated house.
The first-time MLA from Indore-3 assembly constituency was arrested and subsequently released on bail. The issue of imminent action against him came up after PM Narendra Modi has disapproved of his conduct and language without taking his name. However, it is unclear whether he was ever issued a showcause notice by the BJP.
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