BJP legislator Kailash Choudhary, who called Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi a traitor for supporting students embroiled in the JNU row, is a history-sheeter in Barmer.
The record of Kailash Choudhary’s misdeeds, prepared by Balotra police in 2003, can be accessed on Rajasthan Police’s official website. In affidavits submitted with his nomination papers for the 2008 and 2013 assembly elections, Kailash Choudhary listed six cases registered against him under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.
Gaurav Amarawat, station house officer at Balotra police station, confirmed the report but declined to share case details.
The controversial leader first came into national limelight in April 2014 after he shared the dais with the then BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi during the latter’s visit to Pachpadra (Barmer) for a public meeting.
Addressing farmers in his constituency on Wednesday, Kailash Choudhary said Rahul Gandhi should be shot or hanged for siding with those who shouted anti-India slogans at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. He also said the Congress leader had no right to be in India because he met those who shouted “Pakistan zindabad” slogans and idolised the 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
Congress condemned the BJP legislator’s statement and demanded his suspension. Former Barmer MP and Congress national secretary Harish Choudhary said the statement was a reflection of the ruling party’s ideology and that this mentality was spreading violence in the country.
Congress’ student wing National Students’ Union of India on Thursday burned an effigy of Kailash Choudhary in Barmer demanded strict action against the legislator.
Kailash Choudhary, who is also the state president of the BJP Kisan Morcha, was elected to the state assembly after defeating Congress’ Colonel Sonaram Choudhary from Baytoo constituency in 2013; he had earlier lost against the same opponent in 2008.
Colonel Sonaram Choudhary later left Congress to join the BJP before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and is currently an MP from the Barmer parliamentary constituency.