Tweets by Khanduri talk of political anguish, BJP MP says he didn’t post them, to file complaint
The tweets in Hindi, now deleted, spoke of “pain” and “anguish” the way the retired armyman-turned-politician’s dreams for Uttarakhand had remained unfulfilled.
A series of six tweets from an unverified Twitter handle, @MG_BCKhanduri, triggered a flutter in Uttarakhand on Saturday as many interpreted it as coming from Maj Gen (retd) BC Khanduri, a BJP Lok Sabha MP from the hill state.
The tweets in Hindi, now deleted, spoke of “pain” and “anguish” the way the retired armyman-turned-politician’s dreams for the state had remained unfulfilled. It also said whether the party “gives me respect or not, the people have love and affection for me in their hearts”.
When contacted, Khanduri, 82, the MP from Pauri Garhwal and twice the chief minister of Uttarakhand, denied tweeting any such statements and said he did not even remember having a Twitter account.
“I don’t know who tweeted in my name,” Khanduri told HT over phone from Delhi. “I will make a formal police complaint on Sunday.”
Khanduri was a poster boy of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2012 assembly polls. He was twice the CM between 2007 and 2012. The second time he took change was in 2011 when he replaced Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.
The bio of the unverified Twitter handle shows it was created in March this year.
Khanduri’s daughter Ritu Bhusan, who is a BJP legislator from Yamkeshwar constituency, said the tweets were “rubbish... made in the name of my father”.
BJP state president Ajay Bhatt said he would find out the “reality” of the controversial tweets.