The BJP on Saturday sacked the Mumbai chief of its youth wing, the Bharatiya Janta Yuva Morcha, Ganesh Pandey and expelled him from the party following allegations against him of molesting a woman party worker.
A woman activist from the party had alleged Pandey tried to molest her and asked her awkward questions in front of several activists at a hotel in Mathura, where she had gone to perform for a cultural programme during a BJP executive committee meet in March. “Pandey was asked to resign from the post immediately after the complaint. The wing headed by him has been dissolved and he has been sacked from the party. His primary membership in the party has been terminated,” Shelar told HT. Pandey said he will provide evidence against the “political conspiracy” against him. “I am innocent and had demanded a thorough inquiry by constituting a committee. She [the complainant] claimed the incident occurred on March 4. Then why did she wait until March 22 to complain?” he said.
Congress spokesperson Priyanka Chaturvedi said it is shocking, but not surprising the BJP that came on the promise of Mahila Suraksha (women security) is failing to do so for its own party members. “The kind of obscenity the BJYM Mumbai president has indulged in would be severely punishable under CrPC, but is getting away lightly with his misbehaviour. Totally shameful and unacceptable.”