Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday warned party MPs, and through them, leaders of the BJP, that arrogant behaviour by them would not be tolerated by him and such leaders would be sacked from the party.
From Giriraj Singh to Akash Vijayvargiya, PM Modi has reprimanded an entire host of BJP leaders for controversial behaviour.
Mr Modi was addressing the first meeting of the BJP Parliamentary Party in this session and the reference (without naming names) appeared to be to Indore MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, son of national general secretary Kailash Vijawargiya.
“Whoever it is, whoever’s son or daughter, such behaviour will not be tolerated,” he said, according to those present at the meeting.
This is not the first time when Modi has come down heavily on a BJP leader for unruly behaviour or unsavoury comments.
He also said that if mistakes were made, a sense of apology should prevail. Akash Vijaywargiya had been unrepentant after he had hit a municipal employee with a cricket bat and had been arrested for the assault. His supporters had celebrated him being let off on bail.
Sources said that after the Prime Minister’s serious warning, the first term MLA may face disciplinary action.