Accusing Vijay Sampla, Bharatiya Janata Party candidate for the Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seat, of grabbing the house of a non-resident Indian (NRI) in that city, the Congress has asked the BJP high command to replace the “tainted” nominee.
Addressing a press conference here on Wednesday, state Congress spokesman Sukhpal Singh Khaira said the candidate had cheated NRI Vijay Kumar Tanda with the help of the expatriate’s estranged wife. The NRI’s maternal uncle, Bakshi Singh, accompanied Khaira. The NRI also addressed the media through Skpye.
The Congress leader accused Sampla of breaking the locks of the NRI’s house in April last year to grab the property. Producing the contempt notice that Hoshiarpur’s civil judge, senior division, had issued to Sampla on January 27, Khaira alleged that the BJP leader had not even bothered to receive it.
The NRI’s uncle said he had take the matter to the Hoshiarpur senior superintendent of police, chief minister Parkash Singh Badal, BJP president Rajnath Singh, director general of police, state BJP president Kamal Sharma, and party affairs in-charge Shanta Kumar but received no help.
Asked to react, Sampla said Tanda’s wife had made him the caretaker of the house. “I am living in the house with her permission,” he said. “Being the Congress spokesman, it is Khaira’s job to attack the BJP. The media had highlighted the case a few months ago, and even then, Tanda’a wife, Rajinder Kaur, had made it public that she had made me the caretaker,” said the BJP candidate.
The nominee said nobody had asked him, so far, to vacate the house. “I am unaware of the court orders. If the court asks me to vacate the house, I will have no problem,” said Sampla.