A controversial clip has surfaced showing former Border Security Force (BSF) trooper Tej Bahadur Yadav, whose nomination was cancelled from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, saying that he could kill Prime Minister Narendra Modi if provided with Rs 50 crores.
It is reported to be a two-year-old video. Times Now does not vouch for the authenticity of the video.
Tej Bahadur has reportedly admitted that he is in the clip but alleged there is a conspiracy behind it. Meanwhile, the BJP has lashed out at Tej Bahadur.
While addressing a press conference, Bharatiya Janata Party MP GVL Narasimha Rao said that the party was stunned by the statements made by the SP candidate. “He was drafted by the SP from Varanasi and his candidature has been nullified for various reasons. We can see on TV how he is telling a group of people that he is willing to hatch a plot to assassinate PM Modi for Rs 50 crore.”
“Parties like Congress rallied behind such anti-social forces rather than the government is a matter of concern. The fact that he was sought to be drafted as a candidate by SP, it really stuns us. We condemn it, we expect all agencies to take note of this threat.”
Here are the excerpts of the shocking conversation Tej Bahadur Yadav can be seen as having with some friends, reportedly Delhi Police personnel:
Tej Bahadur Yadav: Give me money and I will kill Modi.
Friend: You are okay with killing Modi?
Tej Bahadur Yadav: Give me Rs 50 crores.
Friend: 50 crores? You won’t get that much money in India at least. Pakistan can give you Rs 50 crores.
Tej Bahadur Yadav: No, I won’t do such a thing. I am loyal to my country.
Friend: But Modi is the Prime Minister of India.
Tej Bahadur Yadav: No, I won’t be disloyal to my country. Money does not matter.
Friend: Why I asked you this question…is because you just said that you can kill Modi for Rs 50 crores.
Tej Bahadur Yadav: No, but not at the cost of my loyalty towards my country. Only if I am getting the money from an Indian.
The Election Commission had on May 1 cancelled Tej Bahadur’s nomination, who was set to contest on a Samajwadi Party ticket from Varanasi against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
District Magistrate Surendra Singh had said that Tej Bahadur’s nomination was cancelled as the ex-BSF trooper had failed to give a satisfactory response to the notice served.
Interestingly, the video has surfaced on the day Tej Bahadur filed a writ petition in the Supreme Court against the rejection of his nomination papers.