The Hush Post| 10:02 am |one-minute-read
Among other candidates, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a disillusioned soldier standing against him in the elections from Varanasi.
The BSF jawan who was terminated from service in 2017 after he posted a video online complaining about the quality of food served to the troops will take on 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 on Friday.
Tej Bahadur Yadav, who was from the BSF’s 29th battalion based in J&K, had uploaded a video on social media in 2017, complaining that bad quality food was being served to the soldiers in cold and mountainous places along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir.
“I was not given a fair trial. Though, I was given an opportunity to present witness but my mobile phone was seized. I wanted to call colleagues as witnesses, but wasn’t allowed to do so,” Yadav said after he was dismissed by a Summary Security Force Court (SSFC) where he was tried on two counts – of making “false allegations” on social media regarding the quality of food and carrying two mobile phones while on operational duty.
Yadav said he would contest polls to eliminate corruption in the 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.