Unnao rape-accused MLA Sengar gets prime spot in Independence Day ad, beside Modi and Adityanath

Rape and murder accused MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar found prominence on the front page of a newspaper on Independence Day on Thursday as he shared advertisement space with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath and other leaders.

The advertisement in the Unnao edition of Hindi newspaper Hindustanwas funded by local Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Ungu Nagar Panchayat Chairman Anuj Kumar Dixit. The advertisement also featured pictures of Sengar’s wife and Zila Panchayat chair Sangeeta Singh Sengar, UP Assembly Speaker Hriday Narayan Dikshit and state BJP chief Swatantra Dev Singh. …

The advertisement is being seen as new embarrassment for the BJP, which was questioned by several quarters for the delay in expelling the MLA. However, two days after Sengar was expelled, Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Ashish Singh Ashu had expressed his support and “best wishes” for the rape-accused MLA, whom he claimed was having “a difficult time”.

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