A sting operation by a local Marathi news channel on BJP MLA Raj Purohit has caused embarrassment to the party, as he has allegedly questioned the functioning of his party leaders, particularly Mangalprabhat Lodha, and made casual remarks against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and the RSS as well.
The video shows Purohit alleging how builder-turned-MLA Lodha funds the party at the Centre and state, besides RSS. Later, when the channel TV 9 approached him to seek clarification, he said, “I have not attacked anybody. I am not sure how and where it has come from.”
On Modi, he says, “He is doing good job… But he should not make mistakes and upset traders who are the party’s support base.”
However, the mention of MNS chief Raj Thackeray as a “bogus” leader by Purohit invited a strong reaction from MNS supporters who ransacked his office in South Mumbai.
State BJP chief Raosaheb Danve said, “We will have to verify facts. The so called video operations’ credentials will have to be ascertained. We will send the video to the forensic laboratory. If facts are established, we will proceed with action.”
BJP vice-president Lodha said, “I am in politics for 35 years and my credentials are well known in the party. Is it a crime to be in a developer? I have always adopted fair practice in business and politics.”
Purohit did not respond to calls or messages. In a statement, Purohit said, “There has been an attempt to tarnish the image of BJP and my own career. I have faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi, party president Amit Shah and the entire national leadership of the party…”