Sakshi Maharaj draws flak for inaugurating ‘nightclub’; says he was ‘tricked’

Lucknow, April 17: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Sakshi Maharaj has courted a fresh controversy by inaugurating a ‘nightclub’ in Lucknow, at a time when his constituency has been rocked by a case of rape in which a party MLA has been arrested.

Unnao BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj inaugurates nightclub, sparks row

And now, Sakshi Maharaj has written a letter to Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) and demanded action against the alleged ‘nightclub’ that he had ‘mistakenly’ inaugurated, reported news agency ANI.

In his letter, the BJP MP said he was tricked into believing that he was inaugurating a restaurant.

“On Sunday, a lawyer named Rajjan Singh Chauhan of my constituency Unnao took me to inaugurate a restaurant in Aliganj, Lucknow. Sumit Singh and Amit Gupta, owners of the restaurant, had requested Chouhan to get their restaurant inaugurated by me,” the BJP MP informed the SSP.

He said: “Since I was in a hurry as I had to catch a flight to Delhi, so within two-three minutes I cut the ribbon and went to the airport. Later, I came to know through media that it was not a restaurant but a nightclub. Someone says it is a bar, hookah bar. When I demanded the license from the restaurant owners then they could not provide it. It seems that everything is being operated illegally.”

The BJP MP said his “sacred image” has been badly hurt by the incident.

In a similar case last year, a Minister in the Yogi Adityanath government Swati Singh had drawn flak for inaugurating a beer bar in Lucknow.

Taking a jibe at the ruling party, Samajwadi Party spokesperson Ghanshyam Tiwari said, “It is very clear that the BJP government and BJP leaders have no idea as to what they were doing.”

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