BJP seeks TV footage of Champion’s remarks against government
Champion had been agitated over the appointment of Mohammad Sattar, a member of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), in the committee constituted to investigate the Haridwar district panchayat scam worth Rs 50 crore.dehradun Updated: Feb 14, 2018 21:39 IST
Khanpur MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh ‘Champion’ may face disciplinary action for his comments against the Uttarakhand government as BJP state president Ajay Bhatt has sought recording of his statements made in Haridwar on February 11.
“I have asked for the recording where he (Champion) is talking against the government. The disciplinary committee of the party is studying all aspects and if needed, severe action will be taken,” Bhatt said.
Champion had been agitated over the appointment of Mohammad Sattar, a member of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), in the committee constituted to investigate the Haridwar district panchayat scam worth Rs 50 crore. The legislator’s wife Rani Devyani is a member of the committee.
The MLA claimed Sattar was close to a cabinet minister -- indicating urban development minister Madan Kaushik -- and his appointment was done by the government. He alleged that the government was protecting corrupt people.
Champion met national party president Amit Shah on February 14 with his complaints about corruption. His Facebook post, labelled ‘Mission Successful’, created a buzz in the local media.
Champion earlier told the media that he had met chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat to say that “Sattar is corrupt and has no business on board, but was brought in by an influential cabinet minister.”
Leaders familiar with the developments said Champion was backed by Haridwar MP and former CM Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ and Sattar by Kaushik. Not long ago, supporters of Kaushik and cabinet minister Stapal Maharaj were up in arms against each other in Haridwar district.
Champion joined the saffron party around two years ago and is a four-time legislator. While dissatisfaction had been brewing for the remaining cabinet berths, Champion had also sought representation to other backward classes (OBC) in the ministry.
“BJP is a party of discipline unlike Congress. There’s unrest amongst legislators for ministerial posts which have not been filled for a long time now. Such an outburst was expected,” said a party leader.
Champion had also alleged that he and five other legislators had complained against some party leaders, but the chief minister and the state BJP president failed to take action against them.
Kaushik said, “Party president (Bhatt) is looking into this matter and I can’t comment on this.” An organisation member said intervention of national vice-president Shyam Jaju and national joint secretary Shiv Prakash might help in defusing the tension in the party.
Champion couldn’t be contacted despite several attempts.
First Published: Feb 14, 2018 21:39 IST