BJP MP in­au­gu­rates night club, sparks row

Un­nao Neta Says He Was Tricked Into It

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - Pankaj.Shah@ times­

Luc­know: BJP MP from Un­nao Sak­shi Ma­haraj em­bar­rassed the party by in­au­gu­rat­ing a night club in Luc­know on Sun­day even­ing.

Left red-faced, the saf­fron­clad ‘Ma­haraj’ lodged a com­plaint with UP BJP pres­i­dent Ma­hen­dra Nath Pandey on Mon­day, seek­ing ac­tion against party’s former state gen­eral sec­re­tary Ra­j­jan Singh, who had re­quested him to in­au­gu­rate ‘Let’s Meet Night Club’.

Sak­shi lodged a com­plaint with SSP Luc­know say­ing he was in­vited by Singh to in­au­gu­rate a ‘restau­rant.’ “I was in a hurry since I had to catch a flight to Delhi. It was only later that I came to know that it was not a restau­rant but a night club,” the MP wrote in his com­plaint, while de­mand­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and reg­is­tra­tion of case un­der sec­tion 420 of the IPC (cheat­ing).

“I was told by Singh it was a restau­rant owned by his son-in-law. Ini­tially, I was averse to the idea of in­au­gu­rat­ing it but then I agreed. I was cheated,” the MP told TOI. “It is cer­tainly em­bar­rass­ing for me since I am not only an MP but also a ‘sadhu,’” he said.

“Kuch samajh hi nahi samay wa­han koi sandigdh gativid­hiyan dikhi bhi nahi (I couldn’t doubt any­thing then since no shady ac­tiv­ity was seen there at the time),” he said.

Pandey re­fused to com­ment say­ing he was pre-occu- pied with nom­i­na­tion of can­di­dates for leg­isla­tive coun­cil elec­tions. Deputy CM Di­nesh Sharma, how­ever, de­fended Sak­shi say­ing he may not have been aware of the re­al­ity.

The in­ci­dent gave op­po­si­tion fresh am­mu­ni­tion against BJP. “This shows the dual char­ac­ter of BJP. Sak­shi Ma­haraj needs to tell us if any ‘pooja paath’ was or­gan­ised in the night club,” SP spokesper­son MLC Su­nil Singh Sa­jan said.

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