The Madhya Pradesh convenor of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) disciplinary committee Babusingh Raghuvanshi has said that "he is not sure" if Prime Minister Narendra Modi's criticism of indiscipline was targeted at Indore MLA Akash Vijayavargiya, reported The Indian Express, on Monday, 22 July.
He also confirmed that Akash’s matter has not been referred to the three-member disciplinary committee.
Akash, the son of BJP General Secretary Kailash Vijayavargiya, was arrested after he thrashed a municipal cooperation official with a cricket bat. After the video of the assault went viral on social media, police filed an FIR against Akash and 10 others. He is currently out on bail.
THE BIG POINT
Justifying Akash's behavior, Raghuvanshi told The Indian Express claimed that the MLA was “provoked.” He also asserted that if the prime minister actually condemned the incident, that was more than a punishment.
" “Did he (the PM) name Akash? There were some other instances (of indiscipline), maybe he referred to all of them together. Is there a sound byte or video of him saying what has been attributed to him?”" - Babusingh Raghuvanshi
WHAT PM MODI SAID
On 2 July, PM Narendra Modi told party MPs that if anybody brings a bad name to the organisation with their conduct, then it is "unacceptable".
"“PM in BJP parliamentary party meeting today said that action should be taken if someone has done something wrong. He also said that it is applicable on everyone.”" - Rajiv Pratap Rudy, BJP MP told ANI
PM Modi reportedly also said, “Kisi ka bhi beta ho, nikaal dena chahiye...” (doesn’t matter whose son he is, he should be ousted).
Modi's statement was seen as a direct condemnation to Akash's actions.
WHAT WE DON'T KNOW
It is still not clear whether Akash was served a show-cause notice. There is also no word on whether he apologised, and if it has been forwarded to the central unit.
Action has also not been initiated against the party members who were a part of group to welcome Akash, when he came out on bail.
"“Is the state organisation bigger than the prime minister? Despite the PM clearly spelling out what he thought, nothing has been done so far.” " - BJP Rajya Sabha MP to The Indian Express
(With inputs from The Indian Express, PTI)
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