PM wields the bat against ‘arrogance’

Prime Narendra Modi warned his party MPs that “arrogance” and “misbehaviour” will not be tolerated. During BJP’s first parliamentary party meeting after government formation, he said in Hindi: “Manmaani nahi chalegi” (one cannot get away doing what one wishes to).

Though he did not take names, it was clear that he was referring to BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya’s thrashing of a municipal officer with a cricket bat last week in Indore. Akash is the son of BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya who was present at the meeting when Modi deplored the incident. According to sources, Modi told the gathering, “Whoever’s son he may be... such arrogance, misbehaviour cannot be tolerated.”

It is significant that the PM’s warnings came just a day after the father defended the action of his son, calling him kacche khiladi (a novice player).

“The Prime Minister said any kind of misbehaviour that brings down the party’s name is unacceptable. He said that action should be taken if someone has done something wrong. He also said that it is applicable to everyone,” BJP MP and spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy quoted Modi while speaking to reporters on Tuesday.

Party sources said Modi also disapproved of the fanfare with which BJP leaders received Akash after he was released from jail and suggested that the party will take action. Days after being arrested Akash was released on bail on June 30. After coming out he had said: “I am not guilty or embarrassed about what I did as it was in public interest. A woman was being dragged brutally in front of the police and I couldn’t think of doing anything else. “He hoped he would not have to pick up the cricket bat again.

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