By our correspondent, April 2, 2019
Ex-BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav will be contesting the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi constituency against PM Narendra Modi.
Yadav became popular after he was sacked from service for uploading a video complaining of bad quality food being served to the forces.
He was approached by several parties to join them but he chose to contest as an independent candidate.
He is hopeful that by contesting the polls he would be able to raise the issue of corruption in the armed forces forcefully.
In a press interview he said, “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”.
In 2017, Yadav was dismissed from BSF after he took to the social media to complain about the quality of food being served to the forces in Jammu and Kashmir. He has challenged his 2017 dismissal in the court alleging wrongful discharge from service.
“Its (government’s) actions to suppress my voice only shows this government is party to large scale corruption in the forces,” Yadav said in an interview to the press.
Ex-servicemen and farmers, he claims, are his aides in the campaign.