Hours before he smeared ink on deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, Brijesh Shukla told his son he was going for an important work. Shukla’s family members had no idea then that he will be in the news. “My father left home saying he had some important work. We could not speak much. Later, I saw television and it was shocking,” his son Shivam said.
A resident of Karawal Nagar, Shukla was into real-estate business before forming the Swaraj Janta party. Neighbours said Shukla is a social worker who is often heard saying that he will contest elections again. Other members of the Swaraj Janta Party at his house in north east Delhi’s Karawal Nagar said that Shukla acted in his personal capacity.
Shukla’s family members claimed he was upset with the AAP government and may have taken the step. Before this, Shukla led a protest on August 11 outside chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s house.
On social network, Shukla appears to be an old ‘critic’ of the Aam Aadmi Party. The self-proclaimed president of Swaraj Janata Party has been critical of the AAP leadership and the government in his tweets posted on the party’s Twitter handle.
Be it chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, deputy CM Manish Sisodia or PWD minister Satyendar Jain, all are at the receiving end of the tweets posted on the handle @SwarajJanata that has Shukla’s photos as display and cover pictures.
Pictures of protest by the front outside the chief minister’s residence in the past have also been shared on this twitter handle.
Shukla contested as an independent from Mustafad assembly seat in December 2013 elections. He secured 1,740 votes in the election which was won by the then sitting Congress legislator Hasan Ahmed.
As per the election affidavit filed by Shukla in 2013, two cases were registered against him under different sections of IPC including 420, 478, 468, 506 and 341.