A ruling Congress MLA in Chhattisgarh has courted controversy after a video surfaced of him purportedly asking youth to protest in opposition to the Centre’s Agnipath army recruitment scheme in a way just like Bihar, the place automobiles have been burnt and different incidents of violence have been reported.

The opposition BJP on Tuesday wrote to the Nationwide Investigation Company (NIA) urging it to take cognizance of the video and probe the Congress’ function within the violence that occurred in the course of the agitation in opposition to the scheme in numerous components of the nation.

Vikram Mandavi, who represents Bijapur constituency, had reportedly made the comment in the course of the celebration’s protest in opposition to the scheme on the bus stand right here on Monday. The demonstration was held as part of the nationwide agitation staged by the Congress in opposition to Agnipath.

Within the video, Mandavi, whereas addressing celebration employees in the course of the protest, could be heard saying I wish to enchantment that it is best to inform folks in regards to the scheme. We must always come out on the streets to oppose it within the coming days. The best way youths are protesting in Bihar and different states, torching automobiles, the identical sort of protest must be held all over the place.”

Nevertheless, when contacted, Mandavi claimed the video was edited and denied telling celebration employees to burn automobiles. He claimed he had requested celebration employees to make conscious folks in regards to the demerits of the scheme and oppose it.

In the meantime, state BJP chief Vishnu Deo Sai has written a letter to NIA searching for probe into the assertion of the MLA alleging {that a} conspiracy is being hatched to instigate violence within the title of the Agnipath scheme.

“The assertion of Mandavi, who represents a tribal-dominated and Naxal-affected space, is an try to impress harmless tribals to commit violence. His act is clearly anti-national. The NIA ought to take suo moto cognizance and examine Congress’ function in effectively deliberate violence that occurred in the course of the protest in opposition to Agnipath,” Sai mentioned within the letter.

Bihar had witnessed giant scale protests in opposition to the Central scheme, underneath which youths shall be recruited within the armed forces for a four-year interval adopted by obligatory retirement for a minimum of 75 per cent of the batch with none pension.

The protestors had vandalised automobiles and torched practice coaches there demanding fast roll again of the scheme.

(Solely the headline and film of this report could have been reworked by the Enterprise Normal employees; the remainder of the content material is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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