A BJP youth wing leader, who announced a reward of Rs 5 lakh for cutting off JNU Students’ Union president Kanhaiya Kumar’s tongue, was Saturday expelled from the primary membership of the party for six years. The action against Badaun district’s former Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) president Kuldeep Varshney comes after his statement appeared in a local Hindi daily, in which he used to work as journalist before joining BJP four years ago.
BJP’s Badaun district president Harish Shakya told The Indian Express that Varshney has been expelled from the party for six years on charges of indiscipline.
“Today morning, I watched Varshney’s statement on a local news channel offering a prize money of Rs 5 lakh for cutting the tongue of JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar. This act is against BJP’s ideology and line of working. After consultation with senior leaders, I have expelled him from the party for six years,” Shakya said, adding BJP has nothing to do with Varshney’s statement.
Shakya also said that he had also removed Varshney from the post of BJYM district president six months ago on the charges of discipline.”Varshney had been associated with the party for nearly five years. He remained BJYM district president for almost one-and-a-half years but was in a habit of giving statements in media against the party line for self publicity and was thus removed from the post,” Shakya said.
Varshney was not available for comment.
On his Facebook page, Varshney claims to have worked for Bajrang Dal. However, Shakya claimed that Varshney has no connection with Bajrang Dal or any wing of RSS.
Former district BJP chief Prem Swaroop Pathak said he had appointed Varshney as district BJYM president in 2013 on the recommendation of local mediapersons and some party leaders. “He had been earlier working with a local Hindi daily in Badaun. The party had also given ticket to his wife in the Nagar Panchyat chairman elections in Wazirganj in 2012,” Pathak said.
Pathak claimed to have warned Varshney last year after receiving complaints that he had been extorting money from local people on pretext of getting their work done in central government departments. “He started duping people after BJP came to power in Delhi. I had informed senior state BJYM leaders about his activities but they did not pay heed,” Pathak said.
He said that he had stopped inviting Varshney to party meetings.
Varshney had on Friday announced Rs 5 lakh prize money for cutting off the tongue of Kanhaiya Kumar, who he had alleged, was speaking against the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi ever since he was released on bail.
Kanhaiya who was arrested on February 12 on sedition charges was released from the Tihar jail on March 3 after the Delhi High Court granted him interim bail for six months.
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