Wife ac­cuses BJP MLA of hav­ing af­fair with col­lege girl

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA -

Jammu: A BJP leg­is­la­tor’s wife on Fri­day pub­licly ac­cused her hus­band of hav­ing an ex­tra-mar­i­tal af­fair with a col­lege stu­dent and mar­ry­ing her, in a fresh twist to a case that has seen the MLA ap­pear be­fore the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee of the party.

Ga­gan Bha­gat, BJP leg­is­la­tor from R S Pura con­stituency in Jammu dis­trict, has been ac­cused by his wife Monika Sharma that he is liv­ing with the stu­dent af­ter mar­ry­ing her. The stu­dent’s fa­ther, an ex-ser­vice­men, has also ac­cused Bha­gat of ab­duct­ing his daugh­ter from a col­lege in Pun­jab. The stu­dent and the leg­is­la­tor have de­nied the charges, call­ing them an at­tempt to de­fame him.

On Fri­day, Sharma negated Bha­gat’s claim he was pay­ing her Rs 1 lakh a month and said “not a sin­gle penny was given by him de­spite sign­ing a main­te­nance form be­fore a judge in April”.

She made an ap­peal to the BJP cen­tral lead­er­ship and also Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi, say­ing a “daugh­ter of your own fam­ily is seek­ing jus­tice, not only for my­self and my chil­dren but also for that girl who had just turned 19”. Sharma said she and the BJP MLA are mar­ried for 13 years.

Her ac­cu­sa­tions come a day af­ter Bha­gat ap­peared be­fore the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee of the BJP in Jammu to clar­ify his po­si­tion. Bha­gat and Sharma ap­peared be­fore the com­mit­tee sep­a­rately amid protests led by the stu­dent’s grand­fa­ther.

The leg­is­la­tor re­futed the al­le­ga­tions and claimed he and his wife were in the process of get­ting di­vorced.

His wife, how­ever, coun­tered Bha­gat’s stand and told re­porters that though they were liv­ing sep­a­rately for nearly 10 months, no suit has been filed be­fore any court for di­vorce.—PTI

Monika Bha­gat, wife Ga­gan Bha­gat, ad­dresses the me­dia on Fri­day

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