‘It will be a ‘karara thappad’ on…’: Brij Bhushan Singh campaigns for son in UP’s Kaiserganj

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Give a ‘karara thappad’ to my ‘sankat’: Brij Bhushan Singh campaigns for son in UP’s Kaiserganj

Former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who is facing allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by women wrestlers, has been campaigning for his son, Karan Bhushan, who was fielded from Kaiserganj in Uttar Pradesh by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The BJP named Karan Bhushan as its candidate, replacing his father and incumbent MP Brij Bhushan from Kaiserganj, who is a six-time MP – five as a BJP leader and one on Samajwadi Party (SP) ticket. Singh is considered an influential leader in the eastern UP fiefdom, however, due to the ongoing sexual harassment case against him, he was replaced.

Since his son has been nominated, Brij Bhushan has been addressing at least 10 public meetings daily in the constituency. Karan Bhushan is contesting in an election for the first time. Kaiserganj will vote on May 20 in the fifth phase.

Also Read: Lok Sabha Elections 2024: BJP drops six-time MP Brij Bushan Singh, fields his son Karan from Kaiserganj

Through the campaign, the former WFI chief is looking to gather sympathy for himself.

Addressing a gathering of Yadav and Muslim voters in Colonelganj area on Sunday, Brij Bhushan appealed for their contribution in the election of Karan Bhushan as MP and Modi as Prime Minister.

“Yeh vishesh paristhiti ka chunav hai. yeh Karan Bhushan ke paksh me ek ek diya hua vote jo 500-km dur baith kar ke hamari barbadi ka nazara dekhna chahte hai unke gaal ka thappd hoga… Kaiserganj ki janta ka jawab hoga. Wo aapka vote hi nahi hai, wo karara thappad hai unke muh par jo log wahan baithe baithe mujhe barbard hote hue dekhna chahte hai (This election is amid special circumstances. Every vote in favour of Karan Bhushan will be a slap on the face of those sitting 500 km away and want my destruction. That will be a reply from the Kaiserganj public),” Brij Bhushan said, as reported by The Indian Express.

He added, “…aaj hum thoda sankat me hai, museebat me hai…Iss sankat ke samay aapka samarthan maang rahe hai (I am in trouble these days. I am seeking your support in this time of crisis).”

Also Read: Delhi court frames charges of sexual harassment against ex-WFI chief Brij Bhushan, says ‘sufficient material on record’

In another public meeting, calling the case against him a “conspiracy”, Brij Bhushan that a similar conspiracy was hatched against him in 1996 too when he was jailed under the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA). “The result was that my wife was elected as MP. There were 13 people (accused), of whom 12 were convicted and only Brij Bhushan was acquitted. But the game was played… and the result was that Ketki Singh (his wife) was elected as the MP. A similar conspiracy has been done this time too,” IE reported.

Singh’s remarks came days after a Delhi court ordered framing of charges against him in a case in which six women wrestlers had levelled allegations of sexual harassment against him.

Looking for sympathy, Singh said that he was struggling from the past 1.25 years. “And I will be giving reply of this to them. I will answer in the court. But if you ensure BJP’s win by five lakh or more votes, that will be a slap on their face, you have to remember this.”

Even though Singh was seemingly looking for sympathy while campaigning for his son, during an earlier interview with The News Minute (TNM), Brij Bhushan claimed, “Brij Bhushan jeetenge hee jeetenge (will definitely win)!”

The sitting Kaiserganj MP, visibly agitated at being questioned about the charges of sexual harassment against him, insisted that he will win the case.

“Forget BJP, even the public is with us. The party had zero presence in this area. I have full contribution in making this area the party’s stronghold,” Singh confidently said during the interview with TNM.

He claimed that the allegations against him are fabricated and are not true. The wrestlers, including Sakshi Malik, said that the women “of the country have lost” when his son was given a ticket by the BJP, to which the former WFI chief said, “Brij Bhushan jeetenge hi jeetenge. Brij Bhushan was not born to lose. I will win this (case) too. And they (wrestlers) will leave the court insulted”.

The BJP, despite having pitched ‘Nari Shakti’ during the election campaign, has been accused of backing sexual assault offenders on certain occasions, be it giving a ticket to Brij Bhushan Singh’s son or campaigning for Prajwal Revanna, involved in a sex scandal in Karnataka.

Reacting to the accusations that the saffron party is trying to grant Brij Bhushan “proxy-control” through his son Karan, BJP spokesperson in Karnataka, Surabhi Hodigere, told The News Minute, “The party’s stand here is to let the law take its course. The fact that the party has not given him a ticket, is good signalling. The fact that the party is not standing behind him is good signalling.”

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