BJP MLA in Rajasthan abuses official: ‘If I slap you, you will urinate in your pants’

BJP MLA from Rajasthan Bhawani Singh Rajawat had earlier slapped a tehsildar during an anti-encroachment drive in 2013. He was also booked for instigating rioting in Bhawanimandi in 2007

Photo courtesy: Social media
Photo courtesy: Social media

NH Web Desk

A lawmaker of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)—which claims to be a party with a difference—in Rajasthan allegedly abused and threatened to slap a government official over delay in procurement of lentils during a visit to a market on Wednesday.

"If I slap you, you will urinate in your pants," Ladpura lawmaker Bhawani Singh Rajawat told deputy registrar of Rajasthan State Co-operative Marketing Federation Limited (RAJFED) Ajay Singh Panwar.

Rajawat was visiting the Bhamashah Mandi to take stock of procurement of urad dal. He allegedly lost his temper after the farmers said there were irregularities in the process.

He then summoned the concerned officials.

When Ajay Singh Panwar reached the market, the BJP MLA was angry that he had been kept waiting. In a video of the incident, Rajawat is seen threatening to slap Panwar.

The MLA said of the 1,11,000 quintals of Urad that had reached the market, only 100 quintals had been procured so far.

He directed the officials to speed up the process.

Later, speaking to the media, Rajawat said he scolded Panwar as the farmers are incurring heavy losses due to the officials' callousness. "I will continue to raise my voice for farmers," he said.

However, the wayward MLA is no stranger to the controversies. In 2013, Rajawat had slapped a tehsildar on duty when the official was carrying out an anti-encroachment drive. In 2007, a police case was registered against him for instigating rioting in Bhawanimandi.

However, most of the cases against Rajawat were withdrawn after the BJP came to power in Rajasthan.

Earlier in March this year, he had declared that Discom officials who penalise farmers for power theft should be tied to trees.

Curiously, following the demonetisation announcement in November 2016, he had claimed that the likes of Adani, Ambani and others knew about it (demonetisation) beforehand.

(With PTI inputs)

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