A viral video from Uttar Pradesh has given recent fodder to the opposition forward of the state elections to assault the Yogi Adityanath authorities. Because the video was being broadly shared, a immediate response got here from the BJP MLA Pankaj Gupta who was seen within the clip, purportedly being slapped by a an od man- a farmer. “It was only a pat on the cheek,” he instructed reporters.
The 21-second clip exhibits the BJP MLA from Unnao on the stage at an occasion. An previous man then comes near him after which is seen giving him, what appears to be, a slap on the face. A couple of males then shortly encompass this previous man – apparently questioning him for his motion – and escort him as all of them descend the stage.
Former Chief Minister AKhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Celebration seized the second.
The celebration tweeted the video with a dig in Hindi- “At a public assembly organised by BJP MLA Pankaj Gupta, a farmer chief slapped the MLA. This slap was not for the MLA however for the BJP-led Yogi Adityanath authorities’s poor insurance policies, poor governance, and autocracy.”
….. farmer now claims he was lovingly waving his hand over the MLA and inadvertently hit him ???? pic.twitter.com/4oFpUmciaF
— Alok Pandey (@alok_pandey) January 7, 2022
However the MLA tried to clear the air concerning the clip from Wednesday’s occasion at a press meet with the previous man.
In one other video of the presser, a reporter requested the previous man – “You are saying that it was only a gesture out of fondness however is not it sending a incorrect message.”
“I didn’t hit him. I simply got here near him and requested him one thing, addressing him as “Beta (son)”.
Then the MLA intervenes, “The very fact-of-the-matter is that incident has simply been twisted by the opposition for political mileage. They have no points. They wish to present that farmers are towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He (the previous man) is like my father. He used to do that earlier too.”