As the general election inches closer, we have been seeing one political party attacking the rival political parties on various grounds of non-fulfillment of their promises or corruption. However, to our surprise, two political leaders belonging to the same party manhandled each other in front of the media as well as other spectators on Wednesday. We are talking about two political leaders belonging to the current ruling party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), attacking each other physically, to the extent of one of them beating the other using his own shoe. The two protagonists of this story are BJP Member of Parliament (MP), Sharad Tripathi, and BJP Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Rakesh Singh Baghel, from Uttar Pradesh. Tripathi represents the Sant Kabir Nagar constituency while Baghel represents Menhdawal constituency, both of which fall in Yogi Adityanath governed Uttar Pradesh. Notably, the MP and MLA belong to the same party who’s slogan is “Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas” (Everyone’s Support, Everyone’s Development).
Let’s now find out the reason for their ugly face-off. The event where the ugly fight took place was at the district collectorate where the two elected representatives had to announce the development projects before the media as well as the other party workers. The fracas erupted after Tripathi questioned the Public Works Development (PWD) officer for the absence of his name from the foundation stone of the development project in Menhdawal constituency. Baghel, seemed meddling at his questions and directs Tripathi to ask him about it as he had put in the stones.
The feud took the ugly turn after, during the argument, Tripathi is heard saying, “Juta Nikalein” (should I remove my shoes?) and does it to assault Baghel. After multiple times hitting Baghel with his shoe, Baghel also gets aggressive and leaves his seat to attack Tripathi, to which a cop intervenes and escorts Tripathi away from the conference room. The followers of Baghel protested outside the collectorate office and demanded for a “revenge”. The police, however, managed to escort Tripathi from the office safely. The whole episode took place in the presence of BJP minister in charge of the district, Ashutosh Tandon, who could be seen in the video trying to stop both his party leaders.
The BJP state president, Mahendra Nath Pandey, summoned both his party leaders for a clarification over the incident, terming the whole episode as improper and undignified. Superintendent of Police (SP), Rakesh Tomar, spoke to Indian Express and denied of any formal complaint being filed by either of the parties. “While no complaint has been received, we are conducting an inquiry into the incident and action will be taken against anyone found guilty,” said Tomar, quoted Indian Express.