BJP MLA from Fatehpur Sikri Udaybhan Chaudhary threatened a Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Garima Singh in public.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA from Fatehpur Sikri Udaybhan Chaudhary on Monday threatened a Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Garima Singh in public. The lawmaker had gone to meet the administrative official over farmer’s issues.
A video that has gone viral on social media shows the verbal spat between the two in which Chaudhary could be seen reminding the SDM about his powers under the rule of democracy.
In an intimidating demeanour, Chaudhary said, “You are talking to me in this way, are you trying to show me that you are the SDM? Don’t you know I am an MLA? How can you talk to me like this? You don’t realise my power, you don’t realise the power of democracy.”
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As soon as the verbal confrontation ended, the supporters of the BJP legislator began raising slogans against the SDM. The official can be seen uncomfortably registering her protest over the treatment meted out to her. Singh also spoke to the media after the incident, stating that objectionable language has been used against her.
Later in the day, BJP MLA Udaybhan Chaudhary admitted that he scolded the bureaucrat but like he would scold a daughter. “Farmers had gone to the SDM with their problems but the SDM was talking to them very rudely. I admit that I scolded her but it was just like I would scold a daughter,” he told ANI.
The IAS Association also condemned the incident and said threatening young IAS officers working in the field is not acceptable. “Threatening young IAS officers working in the field is not acceptable. IAS officers across the country work under challenging circumstances and ensure Rule of Law is upheld. Proud of Garima Singh IAS for standing firm and not giving in to intidimation. #IAS,” the association of Indian Administrative Officers (IAS) posted on its official Twitter handle.
Such instances of the legislator threatening a public servant in public are not new. In May this year, BJP MLA Harshvardhan Bajpayee was seen threatening the Superintendent of Police in Prayagraj after the senior police official failed to recognise him at an event.