Even as the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) president Amit Shah is repeatedly charging party’s former ally Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) leadership of patronising goondaism in Haryana, the BJP leader was seen rubbing shoulder with DP Yadav, an alleged liquor mafia-turned-politician from Uttar Pradesh, at party’s official function in Ambala on Monday.
Both were at the BJP’s election rally and Shah’s official Facebook account has photo showing them together.
Among others, BJP’s parliamentarian from Ambala, Ratan Lal Kataria, is also seen in the photo posted on Shah’s social networking site.
Party sources said DP, as he is better known , is not a BJP member as he was expelled from the party in 2004 due to his negative image. They said Shah did not accompany DP to election programmes held at Taraori and other places on Tuesday.
DP’s son Vikas Yadav, nephew Vishal Yadav and their friend Sukhdev are serving life term for abducting and killing Nitish Katara, a business executive and son of an IAS officer, on the intervening night of February 16-17, 2002. The convicts did not approve of the victim's affair with Bharti, daughter of DP Yadav.
The Delhi high court on April, 2014 had upheld the verdict of the lower court in the case by describing the offence as honour killing.
Vikas is also a convict in the infamous Jessica Lal murder case in which Manu Sharma, son of Haryana Jan Chetna Party president Venod Sharma, is serving life imprisonment.
DP’s wife, Umlesh Yadav, was the first elected representative in India to be disqualified by the Election Commission for indulging in paid news. In May this year, the Supreme Court had upheld the disqualification.
Umlesh was elected from Bisauli Assembly constituency in the 2007 UP Assembly elections as a candidate of Rashtriya Parivartan Dal, a fledgling outfit floated by her husband.
According to the party sources, known as a liquor mafia of west UP, Yadav was introduced in the politics by Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav in 1989 elections. He had not only won the assembly polls, but was a made minister by Mulayam.
In 2004, DP joined BJP, but was removed after his induction raised questions over the then Atal Behari Vajpayee-led NDA government.
Later, he had contested 2009 Lok Sabha election as a BSP nominee from Badaun and had stood second against SP’s Dharmendra Yadav.
Meanwhile, the BJP leaders admitted that presence of notorious individual like DP at the party’s functions might give political ammunition to the opponents ahead of the assembly polls.
“It is indeed a contradiction of BJP’s national agenda against clean politics. Shah sharing dais with DP at election programmes may give a negative impression to voters and it should have been avoided,” said a BJP leader on the condition of anonymity.
However, the party leadership is trying to underplay it. National secretary of BJP Tarun Chugh on Wednesday denied that it ever happened. Later, he said he was not aware of the issue and would try to inquire about it.
Modi to address 10 rallies in Haryana
Speaking at a press conference in Karnal on Wednesday, Chugh said after returning from the US trip, Prime Minister Narendra Modi would kick-start the election campaign from Karnal.
Starting from October 4, Modi is scheduled to hold one rally per day before the state goes polling on October 15.
Chugh said Modi’s first election rally would be held at held at Sector 12, Karnal, for the all nine assembly segments of Karnal parliamentary constituency.