Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's address to party workers at the Gorakhpur University on Saturday came in the eye of storm for a murder accused MLA's participation in the event.
Nautanwa MLA (Independent) Amanmani Tripathi welcomed the chief minister on the stage, touched his feet and handed him a bouquet, sparking a controversy.
This came as a shock to many, including BJP leaders given Yogi Adityanath's strict stance on those who 'play with the law'.
WHO IS AMARMANI TRIPATHI?
Son of former Bahubali MLA Amarmani Tripathi, Amanmani was chargesheeted by CBI in February this year and is out on bail currently.
The chargesheet reads, "Amanmani is guilty of killing his wife Sara by strangulation with a "premeditated plan" of getting rid of her, and portraying a "fake" road accident as the cause of her death."
MURDER ACCUSED WANTS TO JOIN BJP
Amanmani had claimed that his wife Sara (27) died in a road accident when they were on their way to Delhi for a holiday in July 9, 2015.
CBI filed the chargesheet in a special CBI court in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad under Sections of 302 (murder), 498-A (husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence of offence) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of Indian Penal Code.
According to political pundits, Tripathi is eyeing joining the BJP, given his attempts in the past to woo Adityanath.
After winning the Assembly election from the Nautanwa sea, Amanmani on March 12 had gone to Gorakhpur temple to seek blessings from Yogi Adityanath
He was d saying, "Yogiji is the head priest of the temple and we have a lot of faith in him... Yogiji is a senior politician and this is my first step in politics so I have come here to learn politics from him."