Ex-BSF trooper Tej Bahadur Yadav, who was sacked from service after he uploaded a video complaining of bad quality food being served to the forces, has said that he will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi constituency in Uttar Pradesh against Narendra Modi.
According to report by the Hindustan Times, claimed he was approached by several parties to join them but chose to contest as an independent candidate. He said by contesting the elections he would raise the issue of corruption in the forces.
“My motive is not to win or lose. It is to highlight how this government has failed the forces, especially paramilitary forces. PM Modi seeks votes in the name of our jawans but has done nothing for them. Our paramilitary jawans (CRPF men) killed recently in Pulwama were not even given martyr status by this government,” he said.
In early 2017, Yadav, had alleged that troops at the border were being served poor quality food. Yadav futher accused the authorities of detaining and torturing him and refusing him his voluntary retirement, an allegation which the organisation categorically denied.
Recently, Bahadur’s son was found dead at their home in Haryana’s Rewari.
Yadav’s 22-year-old son Rohit was found in a locked room in the family’s home with a gun in his hands. The police say the family called to report a suicide.