Ex-BSF Jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, who had complained in a video that went viral about the bad quality of food served to the armed forces, says he wants to contest in the Lok Sabha elections that too from the Prime Minister’s Varanasi constituency. Yadav said he wants to raise the issue of corruption in the forces.
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He was dismissed from BSF in 2017 after he took to social media to complain about the quality of food being served to the forces in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). Yadav has challenged his dismissal and the matter is in the court in the trial stage. He said his dismissal was completely wrong.
“My motive is not to win or lose. It is to highlight how this government has failed the forces, especially the paramilitary forces. PM Modi seeks votes in the name of our Jawans but has done nothing for them”, said Yadav.
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He also raised the issue of the paramilitary Jawans (CRPF men) killed recently in the Pulwama terror attack was not even given martyr status by the government.
In regards to his dismissal, Yadav said the government should have at least bothered to address the corruption issue that he had raised. “Its actions to suppress my voice only shows this government is a party to large scale corruption in the forces”, he added.
Yadav said he will campaign in Varanasi with the help of ex-servicemen and farmers.