A female Congress worker was reportedly thrashed at the party office in Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria during an internal affairs meeting after she opposed to the nomination of a male candidate who has been accused of rape.
“On the one hand, our party leaders are fighting for justice for the Hathras woman, and on the other hand, the party ticket is being given to a rapist. It is a wrong decision. It will malign the image of our party,” Tara Devi Yadav was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
Tara Devi Yadav, a Congress worker, was manhandled after she allegedly threw a bouquet at national secretary and Purvanchal co-in-charge Sachin Nayak in protest against the decision to give a party ticket for the upcoming bypolls to Mukund Bhaskar Mani Tripathi, who has been accused of rape. Soon, a fight ensued, where tara Devi was seen being punched and pushed around by a group of men.
She was led away by others after the incident.
Tara Devi has named Congress district president Dharmendra Singh, vice president Ajay Singh and two others for the attack in her complaint to the police. She has also accused them of abusing and harassing her.
“We wanted the party to reconsider its decision,” Tara Devi was quoted as saying by ANI.
“I did not hit Sachin Nayak. I just wanted to ask why he (Mukund Bhaskar) was given the ticket and then I was thrashed.”
Mukund Bhaskar has denied these allegations and said he was not convicted in any rape case, according to News18.
The Deoria assembly seat has been vacant since the death of BJP MLA Janmejaya Singh. Bypolls for the seat will be held on November 3, 2020.