‘We Don’t Roam Empty-Handed’: Akash Vijayvargiya Stirs Controversy

On 26 June 2019, Akash was caught on camera assaulting an Indore Municipal Corporation official with a bat.

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BJP MLA from Indore Akash Vijayvargiya.

BJP MLA from Indore Akash Vijayvargiya on Monday kicked up a fresh row with his remarks that "we don't roam empty-handed", which the ruling Congress termed as a "threat" reminiscent of the 26 June incident wherein he had assaulted a civic official with a cricket bat in public view.

Akash, son of senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya, made the remarks during a protest against the Kamal Nath government over crop loss and inflated power bills.

“We demand that all ministers, MLAs and other leaders of the Congress should ensure that farmers are compensated at the earliest for the crop loss caused by unseasonal rains,” he said.

“Despite erratic electric supply in the state, people are getting inflated bills worth lakhs. This problem should be solved immediately or else you (government) know that we don’t roam around empty handed,” Akash said.

After Akash's remarks in Hindi went viral on social media, state Congress spokesman Neelabh Mishra said, "Akash's threatening statement has clearly pointed towards the incident of thrashing a municipal corporation official with a cricket bat."

Mishra said Akash's remarks showed he had not learnt any lesson even after his arrest for attacking the civic official.

He alleged that the BJP had not taken any disciplinary action against Akash in the previous incident. “It seems the anarchist behaviour of its representatives in public is acceptable to the BJP,” Mishra added.

The Backdrop

Akash, a first-time MLA from Indore-3 Assembly constituency, was caught on camera assaulting Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) official Dhirendra Singh Bais with a cricket bat while opposing demolition of a dilapidated house on 26 June this year.

He was arrested and subsequently released on bail.

The issue of imminent action against Akash had came up after Prime Minister Narendra Modi had disapproved of his conduct and language, without taking his name.

However, it was never confirmed whether Akash was ever issued a show-cause notice by the BJP.

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