On Camera, AAP MLA Gulab Singh Yadav Beaten Up In Delhi, Runs To Save Himself

MLA was beaten up due to dispute.

New Delhi:

The BJP’s allegation that Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party is selling tickets for the upcoming civic polls received a shot in the arm today as a video showing an AAP MLA being beaten up went viral on social media. The BJP alleged that it was a reaction to AAP workers over ticket sales, which was fiercely contested by MLA Gulab Singh Yadav. Arvind Kejriwal’s party is yet to comment on the issue.

Sources said that Mr. Yadav, who represents Matiala in the Delhi Assembly, was holding a meeting with party workers in Shyam Bihar around 8 pm, when trouble broke out.

It is not yet known what the dispute was about, but amid the heated exchange, the angry workers started thrashing the MLA, pushing him by the collar. When Mr. Yadav tried to push away, the workers chased and assaulted him. The MLA was eventually seen fleeing, with workers in hot pursuit.

Among those who shared the video were BJP insiders.

“Unprecedented sight of party indulging in theatrics of honest politics. Such is the corruption of AAP that even their members are not sparing their MLAs! Similar results await them in the upcoming MCD polls,” read his caption for 1.30. minute clip.

The BJP’s Delhi unit alleged that Mr Yadav was beaten up by AAP workers for allegedly selling tickets.

Shortly after this, the MLA tweeted dismissing the BJP’s allegations.

“BJP has become reckless. Making baseless allegations of selling tickets. I am now at Chawla police station. I have seen BJP corporator and BJP candidate from this ward come to police station to save those people (his attackers). What can be a bigger proof than that? Media is here. , BJP has to ask,” read a rough translation of his Hindi tweet.

Earlier today, the BJP had released their claim that the sting videos proved that the AAP was selling tickets for the civic polls.

Mr. Patra told reporters that the video was shot by an AAP volunteer from North West Delhi, who was asked to pay Rs 80,000 for a ticket. The sting video revealed that 110 tickets of AAP were reserved for distribution in return for money, he added.

Arvind Kejriwal, who is campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections in Gujarat, rubbished the claims.

“BJP publishes ‘Manohar Kahanian’ (referring to a popular magazine with fictional stories) every day. It comes through a sting operation. People of Delhi are asking what they have done in the Municipal Corporation (MCD) for 15 years and they have no answer. The people of Gujarat are asking what they have done in 27 years and they have no answer,” Mr Kejriwal told reporters.

AAP has run a spirited campaign hoping to capture power in the Delhi civic polls. The opposition party is banking on BJP’s three consecutive terms in power. From garbage removal to timely salaries for MCD workers, Mr. Kejriwal announced “10 guarantees”.

Elections are even more important in Gujarat, where the AAP has positioned itself as the main contender against the BJP, which has ruled the state since 1995.

Delhi civic polls will be held on December 4, results will be out on December 7. Gujarat assembly elections will be held on December 1 and 5, counting of votes will take place on December 8.

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