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While Kasganj burnt, BJP leaders ‘caught’ enjoying musical concert!

As Kasganj burnt, two Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs from the region were spotted attending a musical concert that took place on Sunday, sparking condemnation both within and outside the party.

lucknow Updated: Jan 30, 2018 14:25 IST
Manish Chandra Pandey
Manish Chandra Pandey
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Kasganj violence,BJP leaders,Musical concert

As Kasganj burnt, two Bharatiya Janata Party MLAs from the region were spotted attending a musical concert that took place on Sunday, sparking condemnation both within and outside the party.

A video of the concert played out on news channels showed the two – Devendra Pratap Singh, MLA from Amapur, and Devendra Singh Lodhi, MLA from Kasganj (sadar) – seated in the front row of a Kailash Kher concert that was organised in Etah, barely 32 kilometres away.

BJP MP Mukesh Rajput from Farrukhabad too was spotted in the video.

“The conduct of these BJP leaders is proof of the party’s dual standards and insensitivity of its leaders,” Congress leader Devendra Pratap Singh said on Monday.

After being caught on camera and sparking outrage, the MLAs later offered an explanation that as public representatives they had gone to the programme to “mark attendance” than watch the musical show.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath is said to be unhappy with their conduct, especially as it has provided fresh fodder to the opposition to target the state government and label it as ‘insensitive.’

“The CM isn’t happy as those in public life have to be sensitive to people’s feelings. He himself leads a simple life and naturally isn’t happy with party leaders,” said a leader close to Adityanath.

Only a few days back, the chief minister had summoned a BJP MP who was caught on camera with her footwear in hand trying to attack the supporters of a party MLA during a blanket distribution function in Maholi in Sitapur.

“Such reports aren’t good for the party ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections,” a party leader admitted.

What has embarrassed the party even more is the fact that the BJP and several right wing bodies have been speaking of how a Hindu youth was done to death for raising nationalist slogans.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 14:25 IST