Jawan who had complained about food served to BSF troops, will contest elections against Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Varanasi

Tej Bahadur Yadav, the BSF jawan who was dismissed from services after sharing an online video complaining about the quality of food served to the troops, has decided to contest upcoming elections against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi.

“I will contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi constituency as an independent candidate,” Tej Bahadur Yadav told reporters in Rewari, Haryana on Friday.

Mr. Yadav said he wanted to contest the elections to eliminate corruption in the armed forces. “I had raised the issue of corruption but I was sacked. My first objective will be to strengthen and eliminate corruption in the forces,” he said.

Mr. Yadav had uploaded a video on social media in 2017, complaining that poor quality food was being served to troops in icy, mountainous region along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.

The videos triggered outrage across the nation, but the BSF dismissed his allegations. He was later sacked after a three-month-long proceeding at a summary court-martial held in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district.