BJP MP launches night­club, faces flak

Sak­shi Ma­haraj tricked into at­tend­ing event, says aide

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Un­nao, April 16: BJP MP Sak­shi Ma­haraj has courted a fresh con­tro­versy by in­au­gu­rat­ing a “night­club” in Luc­know at a time when his con­stituency has been rocked by a case of rape in which a party MLA has been ar­rested.

As the pictures of the saf­fron- clad Hin­dutva leader at the venue in the posh Ali­ganj lo­cal­ity of the state cap­i­tal last night drew crit­i­cism and ridicule, his aide claimed that he had been tricked into at­tend­ing the event, while the or­gan­iser claimed that it was not a nigh­club, but a restau­rant where no liquor would be served.

Pho­to­graphs show­ing the 62- year- old Un­nao MP ac­cept­ing an idol of Lord Ganesh were put on the so­cial me­dia while TV chan­nels too aired vi­su­als of the event.

Though Sak­shi Ma­haraj could not be reached for com­ments, his rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ashok Kati­yar claimed that a se­nior BJP leader tricked the MP into at­tend­ing the func­tion.

“The MP was to leave for Delhi but a se­nior of­fice bearer of the party took him to the func­tion say­ing that it was or­gan­ised by his close rel­a­tive,” Mr Kati­yar said.

Even af­ter reach­ing there, he was not told that he has to in­au­gu­rate any­thing and was made to do it all of a sud­den, Mr Kati­yar claimed, adding that it could also be part of “some con­spir­acy”.

“Since the 2019 elec­tions are just round the cor­ner, MPs do at­tend var­i­ous events and mak­ing in­quiries about all the things does not al­ways look nice,” Mr Kati­yar said.

When con­tacted, the owner of the es­tab­lish­ment Su­mit Singh said it was a restau­rant that served pure veg­e­tar­ian food. Asked whether it was a night­club, Singh said it was a ty­po­graph­i­cal er­ror in the in­vi­ta­tion card. He also said that liquor would not be served in the restau­rant.

In a sim­i­lar case last year, a min­is­ter in the Yogi Adityanath govern­ment Swati Singh had drawn flak for in­au­gu­rat­ing a beer bar in Luc­know.

Takinga jibe at the rul­ing party, Sa­ma­jwadi Party spokesper­son Ghan­shyam Ti­wari said, “It is very clear that the BJP govern­ment and BJP lead­ers have no idea as to what they were do­ing.”

Un­nao district has of late been in news for wrong rea­sons af­ter al­le­ga­tions of rape were lev­elled against BJP’s Ban­gar­mau MLA Kuldip Singh Sen­gar.

The MLA was ar­rested by the CBI af­ter the case was handed over to the Cen­tral probe agency last week. The state govern­ment has been un­der fire for not tak­ing ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion against Sen­gar.

Sak­shi Ma­haraj is know for his controversial re­marks in­clud­ing when he asked Hindu women to have at least four chil­dren, spark­ing con­dem­na­tion from the Op­po­si­tion which al­leged that the rul­ing party was try­ing to po­larise so­ci­ety.

Sak­shi Ma­haraj

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