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Misbehaviour’ with windows of Pulwama martyrs: BJP workers in Jaipur clash with cops

BJP workers who pelted stones at the police were detained and later released.

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March 11, 2023, 5:07 pm

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BJP workers clashing with police over alleged misbehaviour with widows of Pulmawa martyrs

JAIPUR: Rajasthan BJP workers staged a protest against the alleged misbehaviour with the wives of Pulwama martyrs. 

During the protest, the workers pelted stones at the police, who tried to stop them when they left the party headquarters. MLA Madan Dilawar lay down at the feet of the police personnel, and State President Dr. Satish Poonia got injured in his leg while trying to cross the barricade. 

After about two and a half hours of demonstration, the BJP leaders and workers courted arrest and were taken to Vidyadhar Nagar by the police, and later released.

Before the protest, BJP workers held a meeting, where State President Dr. Satish Poonia, Deputy Leader of Opposition Dr. Rajendra Rathore, MP Ghanshyam Tiwari, and other leaders were present. 

However, factionalism once again surfaced within the BJP during the protest, with supporters of MP Kirorilal raising slogans against Dr. Poonia, and Poonia’s supporters chanting slogans in support of him. The Kirori supporters were reportedly unhappy that the BJP organization did not support them enough.

The protest was triggered by the recent actions of the police, who forcefully removed the wives of Pulwama martyrs Manju Jat, Sundari Devi, and Madhubala Meena from their protest site outside Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s residence.

The women had been protesting for a week, demanding government jobs for their brothers-in-law, which the government argued was not possible under existing rules. Hemraj Meena’s wife also demanded that his statue be installed at Sangod Square and a school be named after the martyrs. The women have now added a demand for action against the policemen who misbehaved with them.

The BJP protest in Jaipur highlights the ongoing tensions within the party and the challenges faced by the families of martyrs in their quest for recognition and support from the government.

First published: March 11, 2023