Too early to take a call on Sengar: BJP

The CBI chargesheet against BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in an alleged rape case has left the ruling party in a quandary. The opposition on Thursday demanded the legislator’s expulsion while the saffron party maintained that it was “too early” to take a call.

Sengar, a four-time MLA who enjoys immense clout in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao, was on Wednesday charged by the CBI with raping a minor girl at his residence at Makhi village on June 4 last year.

The Samajwadi Party and Congress were quick to mount an attack on the ruling party over the issue.

‘Set an example’

“Anybody who has been named in a chargesheet should be expelled from the party. But the BJP has a history of harbouring such people. As a party with a difference, they should set an example,” SP spokesperson Juhie Singh said.

“The onus is on the government and the party to act and take action. Why is it not initiating any action,” asked U.P. Congress spokesperson Ashok Singh.

Reacting to the demands, U.P. BJP spokesperson Chandramohan said that the party leadership is closely monitoring the matter and is in touch with the local leadership.

“Whatever necessary and appropriate steps as per the policies of the BJP (are needed) will be taken. A decision will definitely be taken,” he said.

Mr. Chandramohan said that it was “too early to take a call” as the CBI has just filed the chargesheet.

‘No compromise’

“The BJP has never compromised with its principles and we give due importance to them,” he said when asked about the party’s silence on taking action against Sengar.

The BJP spokesperson also said that as far as the party was concerned, it pertains to just an MLA and not the leadership.

“It was on the request of the U.P. government that the CBI took up the probe. We are committed to justice and delivery of justice,” he said.

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