New Delhi: Ex-BSF jawan Tej Bahadur Yadav, who achieved viral fame after uploading a video about the quality of food served to forces, said he was approached by many parties to fight the election but decided to contest as an independent candidate. he will contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections from Varanasi. If the ex-BSF jawan contests, he will face PM Narendra Modi who will also fight the election from the holy town in Uttar Pradesh. Tej Bahadur Yadav, a resident of Rewari in Haryana, told that he is not fighting the election to win but to highlight how this “government failed the forces, especially paramilitary forces”.
Here it is to be noted that Yadav was sacked from the Border Security Force (BSF) for indiscipline after his video went viral on social media. He challenged the decision in a court. As per reported “The government could have checked my complaint instead it chose to muffle my voice which shows there is widespread corruption in the forces,”. Yadav said he will leave for Varanasi soon and start campaigning with the help of ex-servicemen and farmers. Yadav, then constable with the 29th Battalion of the BSF, was deployed along the Indo-Pakistan border in Jammu & Kashmir in 2017. In a press release, the Border Security Forces (BSF) stated that Yadav, was dismissed from service by the Summary Security Force Court (SSFC) following an inquiry into the incident.
It is worth mentioning here that the jawan was found guilty of “an act prejudicial to good order and discipline of the force in which he made false allegations on social media regarding the quality of food and did not adhere to formal grievance redressal mechanism of the force,” the press release stated.Earlier January, it was reported that Yadav’s son was found dead at his Rewari home in Haryana. The Police said they received a call that Rohit (Yadav’s son) had committed suicide and the door of the room was locked.