Unnao: A video footage purportedly showing BJP MLA Pankaj Gupta being slapped by a farmer during a function has gone viral with the lawmaker insisting it to be merely a fond pat on his cheek by his uncle.
With the video getting wider circulation, the lawmaker from Unnao’s Sadar seat on Friday had to convene a press meet to dispel the negative impression.
“The man in the video footage is my ‘chacha’ and he merely patted me fondly like he used to do in the past,” Gupta told reporters, pointing to the elderly man, sitting by his side during the press meet.
The Samajwadi Party attacked the saffron party and said that the slap is not a slap on the face of the BJP MLA, but the policies, misrule and dictatorship of the BJP-ruled Adityanath government.
उन्नाव सदर से भाजपा विधायक पंकज गुप्ता को आयोजित जनसभा में किसान नेता ने सार्वजनिक रूप से मंच पर ही थप्पड़ जड़ दिया ,
किसान द्वारा मारा गया ये थप्पड़ भाजपा विधायक को नहीं बल्कि यूपी की भाजपा शासित आदित्यनाथ सरकार की कुनीतियों ,कुशासन और तानाशाही के मुंह पर जड़ा गया थप्पड़ है! pic.twitter.com/PSa3DK214p
— SamajwadiPartyMedia (@MediaCellSP) January 7, 2022
The elderly farmer in the video was identified as Chhatrpal and the video footage showed policemen taking him away after he hit the MLA on the dais.
Gupta told reporters that the incident took place two days back during a function to unveil the statue of Gulab Singh Lodhi at Erabhadiyabhar roundabout on the occasion of the birth anniversary of veteran BJP leader Kalyan Singh on January 5.
The MLA alleged that the opposition leaders as part of “conspiracy” gave a different colour to the matter to gain political mileage.
He said since the rivals do not have any issue in the upcoming elections in the state, they were indulging in such “gimmicks”.
Chhatrpal said he had no issue with the MLA.
“Since the MLA was sitting in a relaxed manner on stage, I, being his elder, knocked him fondly,” he said.