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UP BJP MLA who wished Unnao’s Sengar well also has history of violence and controversy

BJP MLA Ashish Singh Ashu has been caught on camera saying ‘our best wishes’ are with Sengar, accused of murder and a minor’s rape.

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Lucknow: Unnao MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, accused of murder as well as a minor’s rape, may have been expelled by the BJP, but he found support from fellow party legislator Ashish Singh ‘Ashu’, who represents Hardoi in Uttar Pradesh.  

Ashu was caught on camera telling a panchayat in Unnao Friday that Sengar was going through “difficult times” and that “our best wishes are with him”.

Controversies, however, are nothing new for Ashu, who has found himself on the wrong side of headlines more than once.

Ashu’s brush with politics started with his stint as a student leader at Lucknow University in the 1990s. He joined the RSS student body Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) but his bid for a place in the student union failed when he lost the election. 

In December 2017, the Hardoi chief medical officer (CMO) accused the MLA and his aides of holding him hostage and manhandling him over the transfer of an auxiliary nurse midwife.  

Ashu filed a counter-complaint, alleging that it was the CMO who had held him hostage, but the MLA’s alleged misbehaviour led to a strike by local doctors and health department officials who demanded action against Ashu and an unconditional apology from the MLA.

In June this year, a clash between Ashu’s supporters and those of a local nagar palika chairman – which reportedly involved the firing of gun shots – left one person injured in Hardoi. The alleged trigger was a dispute between the civic official’s brother and one of Ashu’s aides. 

ThePrint made several attempts to reach Ashu for his comment but was not successful as his phones were switched off.

Also read: Unnao rape victim’s plea reaches CJI Gogoi 18 days after she sent it, delay to be probed

‘Cultured, decent’

BJP leaders close to Ashu, however, paint a different picture of him, identifying the MLA as “a decent, cultured and respectful man”. 

“He has a PhD and even served as the editor of a magazine for many years,” a BJP leader told ThePrint. “He belongs to a reputed family and he is not a bahubali figure (strongman). His father was a teacher and his brother is a civil servant.” 

Speaking to ThePrint, UP BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi sought to defend Ashu, saying that he had made the remarks because Sengar is yet to be convicted.

“The BJP has already taken action in the case by first suspending and then expelling Kuldeep Singh Sengar,” Tripathi said. “He (Ashu) was speaking at a non-political event in Sengar’s constituency… Since Sengar is still an MLA and has not been convicted, Ashish Singh must have referred to that while making his remarks.” 

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  1. I also with Ashis singhAshu, he is good person and simple nature. His comments is clear and not any support to voilence of matters. Cause is under searchings of matter and till time this is not clear .Maybe most possibility it’s a natural accident due to Heavy Rain as per driver statement. So Pl think this side also. Daily we find more news for road accident. Why we not think car driver mistakes.

    • Well known that atul and his aids are beast even beyond this . This type people should be slapped, thrashed until they are half dead. Shame on this type culture less person. God will not spare them.

  2. How sad the only crime of the poor lady was to go and ask for the help to get a job and she had to pay with the life’s of her full family. What a sad situation it is. I feel even the jungle animals are more well concerned and helpful than we humans.

  3. Oh no that means any name one picks of BJP MLA they are tainted with one crime or controversy or the other. Seems BJP is full of goons and gundaraj. Sometimes I feel made a great mistake of voting them to Power. Anyway I will think in the coming election.

  4. When some people were with yakub memon and afzal guru despite court rulings; how can you blame ashu? The congress degraded the moral fibre of this country. When sloganeering was done … pm chor hai, ma ko nahin rakh sakta, biwi ko abandon kiya. And the poor PM of India, shayad khoon ka ghoont pee kar chupp reh gaya?

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