Gyandev Ahuja, the BJP MLA from Alwar’s Ramgarh Assembly seat, who on Monday claimed that thousands of liquor bottles and used condoms are found on the JNU campus every day, was associated with the Hindu Jagran Manch and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, besides the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in his youth.
Talking to The Indian Express, Ahuja said, “I have been associated with the RSS since the year 1958. I used to gather advertisements for RSS-(inspired) magazines Panchjanya and Organiser, though it is rare nowadays.”
Born on October 1, 1950, in Rajasthan’s Beawar city, Ahuja has studied till Class 12 and has been a journalist in the past, working as the managing editor of now defunct weekly Mat Sammat.
When asked about his comments about JNU, the BJP MLA said, “There is a controversy over what I said but I stand by my statement. I personally practice a satvik diet and satvik way of life.”
First elected to the Rajasthan Assembly on a BJP ticket in 1998, Ahuja lost in 2003, then was elected again in 2008 and then re-elected to the Assembly in 2013, always on a BJP ticket.
Last year, in a BBC story on cow protection vigilantes operating in his constituency, Ahuja had said he gives money to cow vigilantes to operate in the area.