After Prime Minister Narendra Modi's stern message regarding the assault by BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya on a civic official, local party leaders claimed on Tuesday that Vijayvargiya was not welcomed upon his release.
Akash, son of BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya, was recorded attacking civil authorities with a cricket bat, who did not show any remorse even after his arrest. After the MLA was released on bail, he was welcomed with garlands at the local BJP office. Some pictures showed a garlanded Akash being offered sweets by local BJP leader Gopikrishna Nema. Indore-2 MLA Ramesh Mendola and other party leaders were also present.
However, local BJP leaders seemed to have changed their tune after PM Modi said during a party meeting in Delhi on Tuesday that "whoever it may be, whoever's son he may be, such arrogance, misbehavior cannot be tolerated".
Though Modi did not mention the incident, it was clearly a reference to Akash Vijayvargiya's attack on a municipal officer with a cricket bat on June 26.
Speaking to reporters here, Mendola said, "Akash was not welcomed (after he got bail). No one went to welcome him.
"I had gone to the district jail Sunday morning to bring Akash, and took him home. We did not host the welcome function. We even don't have permission for such a reception," said Mendola, a close friend of Kailash Vijayvargiya.
He also said that whatever the party decides in Akash's case, "it will be acceptable to all of us".
Nema said they "will follow the directives of the party leadership on this issue".
BJP's brat MLA Akash Vijayvargiya was released from jail on Sunday and he brazenly stated that he has 'no regret' for the incident, trivialising the issue. He was charged under the sections IPC 353 147, 148.
He said, "Whatever happens, happens for good. the action taken by me was taken with full responsibility and no regret and I knew the repercussions of this action. These kind of humans take our public for granted. I will take Gandhiji's route and I hope this kind of action is not taken by me in future."
The BJP MLA further went on to tell the media about his 'first experience' in jail and was happy to be on bail. Furthermore, he said that his father, Kailash Vijayvargiya assured his support for him.
He said, "This was my first experience in jail and it was good. In jail, there is a protocol for MLA's and it was given the same protocol. But because I'm married now, a married man does not have the right to enjoy alone, so I was hoping to get bail. I am happy that I have come out on bail."
"He told me you have grown up now, you have to take your own decision. So think and take your decision, but I am with you," he added.
Kailash Vijayvargiya had crossed his party's line on several occasions but the BJP did not dare take action against him, the Congress claimed.
(With PTI inputs)