After being barred from using firearms, now, the BJP's MLA from Uttarakhand's Haridwar Pranav Singh Champion has been suspended by the party for six years after the legislator was seen brandishing guns and dancing at a house party in a video.
On July 13, the license of three of his firearms was revoked and he was sent a notice by the District Magistrate Dipendra Chaudhary. The MLA was issued a show-cause notice by the state leaders after the video appeared.
After the video of him dancing with weapons went viral, Champion had defended himself saying that he was being targetted by his political opponents.
"...This is a conspiracy against me and I will file to the nail against it. They are all licensed weapons, they are not loaded. I am not pointing towards anybody, I am not threatening anybody, what is the crime. Tell me the crime. Is drinking alcohol a crime? Is keeping licensed weapon a crime? This is a conspiracy against me, well-orchestrated by Congress and Opposition," he said.
Champion was earlier suspended for three months and the suspension was extended for an indefinite period on Thursday. A notice extending the period of suspension had been issued by state BJP general secretary Anil Goyal on the directions of party president Ajay Bhatt, Uttarakhand BJP media in-charge Devendra Bhasin said in a tweet.
In the video, he was seen brandishing guns while dancing on Bollywood item song from Karan-Arjun. and seen carrying guns in both his hands and dancing, while sipping liquor from a glass kept in the table beside him. There are several men around him who are visible dancing and handing guns to him. The MLA can be seen holding guns in his hands and mouth and posing and dancing while others capture pictures and videos of him.
The video filled with foul language and abuses, the supporters can be heard saying that there is no one in Uttarakhand who can do such a thing and has such courage. As the "Mujhko Rana ji maf karna" song from Karan Arjun plays in the background, the MLA says: “not only in Uttarakhand, but nobody could do something like this across India.”
Another video of the BJP leader had gone viral last month, wherein he was seen threatening a journalist. Champion was a rebel Congress MLA against former CM Harish Rawat and jumped the ship to BJP in 2016.