A BJP legislator who claimed to have found 3,000 used condoms on the Jawaharlal Nehru University campus may land in further controversy after purported photographs emerged on Wednesday showing him dancing with women and showering them with money.
HT couldn’t independently verify the authenticity of the photos -- sourced from local politicians -- but the Congress attacked Gyan Dev Ahuja over the images that appeared to have been taken during Lohri celebrations in 2015.
Some photos also showed him wearing a garland made up of Rs 500 notes.
Watch | #BJPcountscondoms MLA caught in controversy
Hundreds of social media users ridiculed Ahuja after the Ramgarh MLA accused JNU students of “misdeeds with our sisters and daughters”, saying more than 10,000 cigarette butts, 4,000 beedis, 50,000 bone pieces, 2,000 wrappers and 3,000 used condoms were found on the campus.
The ensuing Twitter storm, where several hashtags critical of the BJP trended for hours, prompted BJP chief Amit Shah to summon the 65-year-old to Delhi.
But Ahuja rejected the reports and said he had no information of being called to Delhi, even as more purported videos and photos of his past flooded social media.
He said it was a pity the media had forgotten the ‘traitors’ of the country and was focusing too much on his comment without understanding its basic spirit.
The Opposition wasn’t impressed with Congress leader Shafia Zubair – former Zila Pramukh of Alwar district where Ramgarh is located – leading party workers in burning Ahuja’s effigy.
“If effigy burning doesn’t mend his mind, we will call him to a stage and set him on fire,” she said.
She also plans to file a writ petition against Ahuja in a Rajasthan court for his comment demeaning the student community at JNU, where her elder student had studied.
Ahuja has been associated with the RSS since 1958 and has been a member of the ABVP, Hindu Jagran Manch and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh. According to the Rajasthan assembly website, his educational qualification is BA (Ist year) and occupation is journalism.
The two-term MLA won from Ramgarh for the first time in 1998, lost in 2003 but hasn’t been defeated since.