Lucknow :Now with the announcement of Samajwadi Party supporting ex-BSF trooper Tej Bahadur Yadav against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Varanasi is all set to witness the battle between nakli chowkidar and asli chowkidar’
In a surprise, the Samajwadi Party on Monday changed its candidate in the Lok Sabha Varanasi seat and fielded ex-BSF trooper Tej Bahadur Yadav against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Samajwadi Party announced the candidature of Yadav, a resident of Rewari in Haryana who was earlier dismissed from service after he complained about poor quality of food served to the armed forces.
Yadav had earlier announced that he will contest as an independent candidate from Varanasi.
The Samajwadi Party had named Shalini Yadav as its candidate in the Varanasi constituency which will see voting on May 19.
“People of Varanasi are supporting me and coined a slogan from ‘nakli chowkidar vs asli chowkidar’ (The real watchman versus the fake one). I thanked former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for believing in me and supporting me for a genuine cause. When I came to Varanasi the main obstacle for me was that the Election Commission was not letting me to put my banners, hoardings in the city and asked me to take permission five days prior to putting these up. On the other side, there is no such rule for the saffron party.”Tej Bahadur Yadav told media.
When asked about the reason to choose Varanasi seat Yadav said: “When Modi can come from Gujarat to Varanasi to contest elections, why can’t I contest from here from neighboring Haryana. Varanasi is a pious city, that’s why I am contesting.”
He further added that “BJP’s politics since 2014 is based on the Indian forces. They came to power taking martyred soldier Hemraj’s name and had promised if Pakistan does not return the head of the martyred soldier, Hemraj, India should get at least 10 heads from the other side. Now they are seeking votes in the name of the surgical strike and air strike,” accusing the Modi government of defaming the Indian forces and lowering their morale. “That’s why I am here, and this is my agenda for the election. Not a single political party in history has politicised the Army. The BJP has stooped so low,” he added.