JAIPUR: Two state-level BSP functionaries’ faces were blackened and one of them was paraded on a donkey by their own party workers who accused them of involvement in selling BSP tickets during the 2018 assembly polls.
The attack outside the BSP office in Jaipur on Tuesday invited a sharp reaction from BSP supremo Mayawati who blamed Congress for the incident. “Congress first involved in horse trading and now it is resorting to attack on party workers,” Mayawati tweeted.
The victims were identified as Ramji Gautam, a BSP national coordinator, and Sitaram, formerly in charge of BSP’s Rajasthan unit. TOI repeatedly called both victims but was told each time to call later.
“Both of them were called up by party workers demanding the return of the sums donated by them for BSP rallies during the assembly polls,” eyewitness told TOI. The party workers blackened their faces, garlanded them with shoes and paraded Gautam on a donkey.
In a video that went viral, the two are seen surrounded by party workers raising the slogan “Inko sirf paise se pyar hai (They love only money)” outside the party office.
A BSP party worker said on condition of anonymity that both men were among the party leaders who had sought donations for the BSP campaign.
“I paid Rs 10 lakh for campaigning but my money was not utilised by Gautam and Sitaram. I have been repeatedly asking them to return the money but they were in no mood to do so. I have all the evidence to prove that BSP functionaries, including national-level leaders, have duped party workers and the total amount will be in lakhs,” said a party worker.
Reacting to Mayawati’s tweet holding Congress responsible, a party worker said Mayawati was not aware of the truth. “Mayawatiji has responded on the basis of what she was briefed about. The video is available online and it can be established that all those involved are party workers,” said a party worker.
When reports last came in, both victims were holding a meeting to decide whether to file a police complaint.