SBSP chief booked after asking supporters to thrash BJP workers with shoes
A First Information Report (FIR) was filed against Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief Om Prakash Rajbhar on Saturday for allegedly abusing and threatening BJP workers at a public meeting in Ratanpura area of Ghosi on Friday, the police said.
The case was registered after Rajbhar, a disgruntled ally of the BJP, allegedly urged supporters to thrash ruling party workers with shoes if they spread “misinformation” about his party. He claimed that BJP leaders were spreading rumours that the SBSP candidate was not contesting the election from the Ghosi parliamentary seat. A video of his speech has gone viral on social media.
Superintendent of Police, Mau, Surendra Bahadur Singh confirmed the development. “A case has been registered against SBSP chief Om Prakash Rajbhar for violating the model code of conduct,” Singh said.
A senior police officer said the case was registered after election flying squad in-charge Rudrabhan Pandey filed a complaint and attached a video in connection with the rally in which the SBSP chief used indecent words against the BJP leaders. Rudrabhan Pandey was deployed at Rajbhar’s rally, the police said.
Pandey filed the complaint after BJP leader Dileep Singh of Ratanpura raised the issue before election officials.
Besides, a BJP worker Anoop Singh Chandan filed a complaint against Rajbhar at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow. Police officials in Lucknow said the complaint was forwarded to the Mau police.
Addressing his party workers in Ratanpura, Rajbhar said, “The BJP leaders are saying that SBSP candidate Mahendra is not contesting the election and that the SBSP has extended its support to the BJP on the seat. If you find any BJP leader saying that Rajbhar’s party is not contesting the election or the SBSP has extended support to the BJP here (at Ghosi seat), beat him with a shoe ten times.”
Later, SBSP state unit general secretary Shashi Pratap Singh claimed the party chief didn’t say anything against BJP leaders. He only spoke against those spreading rumours, Singh said, adding, “Our party candidate Mahendra is in the fray in Ghosi.”
On May 6, the SBSP chief had claimed that he resigned from the post of minister but the state government was yet to decide whether to accept his resignation.