Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a party meeting reportedly lashed out at the actions of BJP MLA from Indore. Akash, who also happens to be the son of veteran party leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, had assaulted a municipality officer with cricket bat.
The Prime Minister said he did not care whose son Akash is and that such people should be sacked from the party. “The PM was very upset. He said nobody has any right to misbehave or take the party for a ride or show arrogance in public. He used a very strong statement and said that any such act is unacceptable,” BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy told NDTV after the meeting of the BJP parliamentary party.
He also slammed those who had started firing guns when Akash Vijayvargiya was released from jail saying that those who went to welcome him should also be thrown out of the party.
The Prime Minister also hit out at those supporting Akash, saying they too should be sacked. “Your job as an MP is to help and serve people. It is the job of the Opposition to demonstrate,” he added.
He had justified his action saying, “In the BJP, we have been taught, pehle aavedan, phir nivedan aur phir danadan. (first request and then attack).” He had also said that he does not regret his action as he had done it in “self-defence”.
He was given a rousing welcome upon his release from jail. A video from Saturday also shows party workers indulging in celebratory gunfire outside his office after he was granted bail.
His father Kailash Vijayvargiya, too, sought to play down the incident, saying it was unfortunate but both sides were to be blamed. “It is very unfortunate. I think there was mishandling from both the sides. Kachhe khiladi hain (they are novice players), Akash ji bhi aur nagar nigam commissioner. It wasn’t a big issue but it was made huge. I think officers should not be arrogant, they should talk to people’s representatives. I saw a lack of it and to ensure that it doesn’t happen again, both of them should be made to understand,” the BJP general secretary was quoted as saying.
Akash Vijayvargiya, who was arrested after the attack, received a grand welcome from his family and supporters as he walked out of a prison on Sunday. Kailash Vijayvargiya, too, was present outside the jail where his son was garlanded by supporters as he stepped out. Supporters even fired shots in the air to celebrate his bail.
Mr Vijayvargiya was unapologetic. “I am not guilty or embarrassed about what I did as it was in public interest… I pray to god that I should not be given another opportunity to pick up the bat (I pray to god ki vo dobara ballebazi karne ka avsar na de),” he said after stepping out of prison.