New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expressed ‘shock’ over a video in which Tej Bahadur Yadav, a sacked BSF soldier whose nomination as SP candidate from Varanasi was rejected by the EC, is purportedly talking about assassinating Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Some news channels have shown the video but have not vouched for its authenticity.

“The video illustrates how in the face of imminent defeat political rivals have degenerated into using violent methods,” BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said.  Referring to the purported video, Rao alleged that Tej Bahadur is also seen accepting that he has links with terror outfits like Hizbul Mujahidden and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

“It is very shocking that yet another conspiracy to assassinate the prime minister has come to light by someone who was drafted as a Lok Sabha candidate against the PM in Varanasi by the Samajwadi Party. In a stunning video, Tej Bahadur Yadav is heard asking for Rs 50 crore to assassinate Modi,” he alleged.

When Tej Bahadur Yadav was asked about the video, he confessed that he is the man in the video but claimed that the clip was ‘doctored’ as he never spoke to assassinate the Prime Minister. The sacked BSF jawan said that the video was shot by a Delhi Police constable in 2017 when he was staging a dharna at Jantar Mantar in Delhi after his dismissal.

“I have seen that video. This video was shot in 2017 without my knowledge. I had spoken to that person on several issues related to soldiers. But I never spoke about any plot of assassination of Prime Minister. The video is doctored,” Indian express quoted Yadav as saying.

The Samajwadi Party had fielded Tej Bahadur as its candidate against Modi but the Election Commission rejected his nomination papers, saying he had not furnished all details sought by it.

Yesterday, Yadav moved the Supreme Court, challenging the Election Commission’s decision to cancel his candidature from the Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency. In his plea, Yadav termed the decision of the poll panel discriminatory and unreasonable and said it should be set aside.

Tej Bahadur Yadav, the Border Security Force (BSF) Constable was dismissed from service after he had released a video in 2017 on quality of food served to soldiers. He had posted four videos on the social media in January, 2017, that showed him complaining about the unpalatable food at his camp along the Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu and Kashmir.