Unnao rape victim to Prime Minister: Drop BJP candidate
The Unnao rape victim has written to the President, Prime Minister and the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, demanding that the BJP change its candidate for the post of the zilla panchayat chairman here as he is “very close” to jailed former MLA and her tormentor Kuldeep Singh Sengar.
The rape victim also claimed a threat to her life if the BJP gave the ticket to Arun Singh, the Nawabganj block panchayat chief. The poll for the zilla panchayat chairman’s post is scheduled for July 3.
The BJP has denied the charge, with its district president Raj Kishore Rawat saying the allegations may be part of a “conspiracy” by the Opposition.
Sengar, a former BJP MLA from Unnao’s Bangarmau, was accused of rape by the victim in 2017.
A Delhi court sentenced Sengar to life imprisonment in December 2019.
The rape victim told PTI over phone that said though the BJP talked of strict action against criminals, it had declared the man who was “involved” in the murder of her father as its candidate for zilla panchayat chairman’s post.”
She alleged: “The BJP government is still supporting Kuldeep Singh Sengar. Arun Singh is very close to Sengar. My entire family has been destroyed by Sengar. If Arun Singh gets the ticket, it will increase the danger to my life. It is my demand from the party and the government to withdraw Arun Singh’s name and declare someone else as its candidate.”
She said she had written to President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath on the issue. She also alleged that her uncle was seeking parole from police custody but it was not being allowed because of Sengar. Her sister’s marriage has been stalled in the absence of any male member in her family, she said. Rawat, denied the allegations, saying Arun Singh is “a man of clean image”.
“The allegations against him are baseless. It may be part of the Opposition’s conspiracy. Arun Singh has got a clean chit in many cases,” Rawat added.