Since last two years, senior BJP leader from Agra, Vinod Samariya has received at least six notices from Indian Railways, asking him to settle dues of more than Rs 12 lakh pending since 2014, an Indian Express report said. On March 2, 2014, he had booked a train to ferry party workers from Fatehpur Sikhri to attend a rally in Lucknow for the then BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi before the Lok Sabha polls.
Initially, booking was done for Rs 18.4 lakh, which included a security deposit of Rs 5 lakh, which was paid from the party fund. However, after the train stopped at four stations to pick up more supporters, the Railways had increased it to Rs 30.68 lakh. After adjusting the advance paid, the final bill amount came near to Rs 12.3 lakh. Samariya had earlier hoped that the party would pay the bill from its fund. However, he is now worried after latest notice was issued on May 11.
“The train was booked in my name,” Samariya, the then president of the party’s Fatehpur Sikri Nagar unit in 2014, was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.
“I am a farmer and cannot pay this amount. Despite making requests to party leaders, I have only got assurances. If the party does not pay the dues, Railways may attach my property”, he added further.
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“Senior state leaders had told me that no action would be taken against me because it is ‘apni sarkar’ in Delhi,” Samariya was quoted as saying by the paper further. He also reached out to BJP district president, the state party chief, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Union Minister of State Manoj Sinha on the matter.
Confirming that Samariya had approached him, BJP’s Agra unit president Shyam Bhadauri said, “This matter is pending since the previous district president. I am working to solve it,” he said.