Ex-BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, who was sacked from service after he uploaded a video complaining of bad quality food being served to the forces, on Friday announced that he will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi. If the ex-BSF jawan contests, he will face PM Narendra Modi who will also fight the election from the holy town in Uttar Pradesh.
Tej Bahadur is a resident of Haryana and in several media interactions, he has claimed to have been approached by various parties to join them.
However, Yadav opted for the independent candidate option as he wanted to underline issues that the present government has failed to address, which was possible by not aligning with any party, said the ex-serviceman. After his announcement to fight against PM Narendra Modi, Tej Bahadur said by contesting elections he would raise the issue of corruption in the forces.
Tej Bahadur Yadav had posted four videos on Facebook in January, 2017, complaining about the unpalatable food at his camp along the Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir. Yadav had further alleged that the senior officials illegally sold off the food supplies meant for the troopers.
Yadav had also said that he was “mentally tortured” and had expressed apprehension that his seniors may take action against him for exposing the condition of soldiers on the border.
The videos triggered outrage across the nation, but the BSF dismissed his allegations. He was later sacked after a three-month-long proceeding at a summary court-martial held in Jammu and Kashmir’s Samba district.