Evading questions on action against BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, Madhya Pradesh BJP president Rakesh Singh has refused to comment on the issue when approached by Republic TV at his residence.
Visuals show the BJP state president getting into his car as he is being asked by a Republic TV reporter as to what action Singh had taken against Akash after PM Modi warned that such kind of behaviour tarnishing the party will not be tolerated. Singh is seen speeding away from the reporters in his car towards his office.
Earlier on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condemned the act by the son of senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayavargiya, at the BJP Parliamentary meeting.
PM Modi expressed his discontent at the incident and said that leaders like Akash Vijayvargiya were spoiling the image of the party. "The party does not need a leader like him who spoils its image", he said, as per sources.
Following the Prime Minister's warning, several 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.
"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.
BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya was released from jail on Sunday on bail 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.
On last Wednesday, the MLA was caught going after the civic official with a bat and thrashing him. He also hurled abuses at him. The civic officials were in the district to bring down an illegal structure when Akash entered the scene and began the assault. When the police, who initially kept mum, intervened, Akash continued to assault the civic official, and even others joined in. He was arrested and then detained bail initially.