New Delhi, Aug 1 : The ruling BJP on Thursday adopted two-pronged steps to deal with the large scale outrage from the opposition parties and in media on the Unnao rape case and expelled its jailed Uttar Pradesh MLA Kuldeep Sengar.The BJP has come under immense attack during last few days as the legislator has been accused of raping a minor girl from Unnao two years ago and allegedly killing two members of her family.
The expulsion decision was taken after BJP working president J P Nadda called up UP unit chief of the party Swatantra Dev Singh and directed him that a formal announcement to be made in Lucknow as the concerned person is a legislator in Uttar Pradesh. In Lok Sabha, however, Union Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani took an aggressive stance and said the law of the land on rape and sexual assault makes no exception for state legislators and elected Members of Parliament.
"...kahin yeh nahi bola, MP aur MLA achhuta rahega (...Nowhere it is said elected state legislators and MPs are exempted from the law of the land)," Ms Irani said after the case was referred to by a Congress MP Ramya Haridas during the debate on the The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Amendment Bill.The draft law approved by both the Houses of Parliament entails death penalty for brutal sexual assault on children and stringent punishment including life imprisonment for using children for pornographic purposes.
UP BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh announced in Lucknow that the party's central leadership has expelled Sengar. The CBI has booked 10 people for murder, including Sengar, who is already in jail.UNI