BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya’s “Dial Police” commentary to help workers shine

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Kailash Vijayvargiya, a leader of the BJP, also oversees party affairs in West Bengal (File)

Bhopal:

BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya has sparked controversy with his remark that he accepts requests from party workers for their release from police custody. “You have to do it sometimes,” he said at a reception in Mandsaur district of Madhya Pradesh on Friday, prompting a counterattack by Congress.

“Even when I’m in Kolkata, I get phone calls from party workers at 2 am. Some of them say they were taken by cops while playing cards. Party workers are the most important to us, so I must call the relevant police stations to help the cause of party workers, “he said at a reception, addressing party workers.

Congress spokesperson Narendra Saluja said the senior leader’s commentary provided insight into Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Interior Minister Amit Shah’s vision for the country.

“Modi-Shah led the BJP, is that the vision of New India at the BJP, forcing the police to release the BJP workers who were caught on the cards at 2 pm,” he tweeted.

Mr. Vijayvargiya, a senior Madhya Pradesh official who also oversees party affairs in West Bengal, is known to have made controversial comments.

Recently, he claimed that he had spent money to ensure that the party candidate Usha Thakur won the 2018 Madhya Pradesh assembly elections.

“I recommended her the name (of the seat of Usha Thakur) for the seat of Mhow and I gave a guarantee to the party to win the seat for her. Let me tell you that I spent a lot of money without her knowing it, “he said.

Congress had filed a complaint with the Election Commission for this remark.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan of the BJP replaced Kamal Nath as chief minister of Madhya Pradesh earlier this year following the collapse of the Congressional government.

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