Tej Bahadur Yadav, a former Border Security Force (BSF) jawan who was removed after he highlighted the poor quality of rations served to the armed forces, has announced that he will contest the Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Speaking to the media in Rewari on Friday, Yadav announced he will campaign on a platform of anti-corruption against Modi.
The Tribune quoted Yadav as saying “he was approached by several parties to join them”, but he would contest as an Independent.
“I want to highlight how the government has failed forces, especially the paramilitary forces. The PM is seeking votes in the name of jawans, but the CRPF men killed in Pulwama are not even given the martyr status by the government,” Yadav said.
Yadav alleged: “I was being harnessed by the administration in Varanasi while filing my nomination, so I decided to apply online,” adding that I have support of the locals in the holy city.
Yadav had uploaded a video on social media in 2017, complaining that poor quality food was being served to the troops in icy, mountainous region along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
He was later dismissed on the charge of indiscipline.
In January, 22-year old son of Yadav was found dead under mysterious circumstances at his residence at Rewari in Haryana. It is learnt that Rohit Yadav allegedly shot himself in his room at their residence in Madhu Vihar locality of Rewari. The local police got a phone call that Rohit had committed suicide.