Lucknow (Web Desk): India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nitin Agarwal has landed in a controversy after liquor bottles were distributed at a Hindu temple in northern state of Uttar Pradesh earlier this week.
Agarwal had organised a sammelan (conference) for the Pasi (a Scheduled Caste in Hinduism) community at the Shravan Devi Temple in Hardoi, where 200 ml neatly packed bottles of alcohol, kept inside food packets, were distributed among the attendees, including children.
Videos taken from mobile phones show Agarwal announcing from the dais that the food packets will be handed over to the village headman who would, in turn, distribute it to the people accompanying him.
“All the Pradhan’s (village headman) must go to the place where food is being distributed. The pradhan’s must take the packet to distribute it to their people,” Agarwal was heard saying at the event.
Following the shocking event, BJP MP Anshul Verma immediately asked the UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to take action against the BJP leader and his son, the NDTV reported.