Agra : Ahead of the December 5 assembly by-poll in Khatauli, members of the Tyagi community gathered at Nawala in Muzaffar Nagar district on Saturday and announced their decision to “boycott BJP “.
Community members declared the move had come following the recent arrest of Shrikant Tyagi, a former BJP member, and the “ill-treatment” of his family by UP police.
Mangram Tyagi, president of Tyagi – Brahmin – Bhumihar Morcha, said, ” It is a unanimous decision. We assembled today in this village, with a sizable Tyagi population, to ask the entire community to stay away from the ruling party. We can never forget how the party treated Shrikant and his family. “
Deepak Kumar Tyagi, who was also at the meeting, added, ” BJP got almost 99 % of our community’s vote in the past and in return, they only harassed our people. The meeting was aimed to bring all our people on one platform. “
In August, Shrikant, who identified himself as a BJP member, had been booked by UP police for assaulting a woman in Noida following a purported video that went viral. He was arrested by the cops in Meerut and sent to jail.
Later on August 21, a ‘ maha panchayat ‘ was held in Noida in support of Shrikant. The Khatau assembly seat in Muzaffarnagar district fell vacant following BJP MLA Vikram Singh Saini’s disqualification after being convicted in the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case. Counting for the by poll will take place on December 8.