In what came as a major embarrassment for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) ahead of the assembly elections, senior party leader and Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria got caught on camera while he assaulted a party worker. The incident took place on Tuesday evening during a BJP election rally in Udaipur city in poll-bound Rajasthan.
In the video, BJP leader Gulab Chand Kataria is seen getting angry at the young party workers while he was trying to a selfie with him. Later in the video, Gulab Chand Kataria is seen pushing the BJP worker and abusing him while he was surrounded by other party leaders and workers during the rally.
In an earlier incident on November 15, BJP leader Narpat Singh Rajvi sparked a controversy with his 'not our voters' comment. A Candidate from Rajasthan's Vidhyadhar district, Mr. Narpat embarrassed his party when he was addressing the media. When a reporter questioned him: "Is your party playing Hindu card?", he said the following:
"Where is our voting strength? We will give the tickets to those candidates who are good and have a powerful voting strength. We can't distribute tickets just for show and to appease people. We do have workers but not in good numbers. Those who do not vote for us, don't get tickets. Habib-ur-Rehman followed Congress' ideology, he never belonged to BJP in Nagaur"
Amid the election battle between political parties in the poll-bound Rajasthan, this was the first time after ticket declaration that any BJP leader had given such a direct comment on the ticket not been given to the minority. This comment came after BJP's Nagaur MLA Habibur Rahman re-joined the Congress after a decade.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission on October 6 announced the poll schedules for the states of Madhya Pradesh, Mizoram, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Telangana during a press briefing in New Delhi. While assembly elections in Chhattisgarh concluded on November 20, Rajasthan will go into polls in a single phase on December 7.