New Delhi: Former BSF (Border Security Force) constable Tej Bahadur Yadav, who made headlines back in 2017 for posting a video online- highlighting the abysmal quality of food served to jawans at border posts, and who was subsequently dismissed, is all set to contest the Lok Sabha elections 2019.
Yadav, who hails from Rewari in Haryana on Friday declared his decision to fight as an independent candidate in the upcoming elections against Prime Minister Narendra Modi, from Varanasi constituency.
Speaking to The Hindustan Times, the former BSF jawan said that he was roped in by many political parties but his decision to contest independently rests on his intentions to raise the corruption issue in the armed forces.
In an interview with the HT, he said, “My motive is not to win or lose. It is to highlight how this government has failed the forces, especially paramilitary forces. PM Modi seeks votes in the name of our jawans but has done nothing for them. Our paramilitary jawans (CRPF men) killed recently in Pulwama were not even given martyr status by this government.”
Though Yadav was dismissed from duty on grounds of indiscipline, the BSF, last year commissioned an assessment by the DRDO to analyse the quality and quantity of meals being served to jawans and officers of the paramilitary force and also suggest measures to improve possible shortcomings.
The move came over a year after the BSF jawan posted a video online claiming that watery soup-like dal and burnt chappatis were being served to personnel.
Meanwhile, in January this year, Yadav’s 22-year-old son Rohit was found dead at his Rewari residence under mysterious circumstances. It is believed that Rohit committed suicide.