New Delhi, April 13: In a bizarre moment, two BJP MLAs Bala Bhegade and Bhimrao Tapkir were seen having food when the party leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi was observing a day-long fast in protest against the complete washout of Parliament’s Budget Session.
According to the reports, Bhegade and Tapkir were caught on camera while having snacks at a meeting of legislators called by Guardian Minister Girish Bapat in Pune on Thursday.
The meeting was called to take a review of state government’s ‘Jalyukt Shivar’ scheme and Kharif season which was attended by the government officials as well as elected representatives including the MLAs.
Bapat had called a meeting of Pune district MLAs at the Council Hall to take a review of ongoing work on the Jalyukt Shivar project and distribution of seeds to farmers.The officers of the district administration were also present.
Later, when questioned about the incident, Tapkir said he and Bhegade “happened to eat by mistake”, the Indian Express reported.
“It is a routine to serve snacks during the meeting. So, when the snacks arrived, we happened to eat them while the discussions were on,” he stated
Tapkir stated the fast was not for BJP MLAs, but he held the fast in support of the cause by joining city MP Anil Shirole.
“I had met the MP in the morning and joined him for the fast. Then I had to attend the meeting, so I headed to the Council Hall… later, I was again supposed to join Shirole till the end of the fast”, he further added.
Justifying his stand, Tapki also said “If I had to cheat, then I would have eaten in a closed room. But the instance occurred in a room with party leaders and officers of the Pune collectorate”.