BJP worker Manoj Baitha, accused of running over 9 children in Muzaffarpur, suspended from party for six years
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suspended party worker Manoj Baitha, who has been accused of mowing down nine children while driving in an inebriated state in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar on Saturday
Patna: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has suspended party worker Manoj Baitha, who has been accused of mowing down nine children while driving in an inebriated state in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar on Saturday.
At least nine children were killed and about 20 injured when the speeding vehicle lost control and ploughed through them outside a government school building on the outskirts of Muzaffarpur.
"Manoj Baitha, a district level worker of Sitamarhi, has been suspended from the primary membership of the party for a period of six years," BJP's Bihar unit vice-president Devesh Kumar said.
Muzaffarpur district president Subodh Singh has sent a communication to this effect to the party's state headquarters, Kumar told PTI.
About reports that a banner fixed on that vehicle described Baitha's designation in the party as state secretary general of Mahadalit Prakoshth, Kumar said, "No such post exists in the organisation. The worker appears to have fabricated it."
The police has registered an FIR against Baitha following a complaint by a local, who lost his granddaughter in the incident.
Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi said the police was directed to take "sternest possible action" against Baitha irrespective of his political affiliations.
The Opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal has accused the Nitish Kumar government of trying to shield Baitha and alleged that the BJP worker was "drunk" while behind the steering wheel even though sale and consumption of alcohol is banned in the state.
Meet Purnesh Modi, the man whose defamation complaint led to Rahul Gandhi’s two-year sentence
Purnesh Modi is a BJP MLA and ex-Gujarat minister. The 57-year-old, who, joined the BJP in 1984, has held several positions within the party including its Surat city chief. Purnesh was in December 2022 among a slew of big names dropped from the Bhupendra Patel cabinet
How Rahul Gandhi defied decorum by taking potshots against Narendra Modi in Cambridge speech
The BJP’s reaction to Rahul was equally predictable, invoking patriotism and nationalism to insulate itself from criticism
Delhi: Six arrested for putting up objectionable posters against PM Modi
As per the allegations, some parts of Delhi also had posters with the caption "Modi Hatao Desh Bachao"