The Uttar Pradesh BJP said today that rape-accused MLA Kuldeep Sengar was suspended from the party long ago, amid growing demands to sack the lawmaker after the Unnao rape survivor was critically injured in a car-truck collision. “Sengar was suspended by the party earlier and there is no change in his status,” state BJP president Swatantra Dev Singh said.
“There is no change in the position of the party and the government, which is standing with the victim of the Unnao (rape) case,” Singh said. He added that all possible help was also being extended to those who are undergoing treatment in a hospital in Lucknow.
A car in which the Unnao rape victim, her family and lawyer were travelling was hit by an overspeeding truck in Rae Bareli on Sunday, killing two members while leaving her and the advocate critically injured, police had said.
The police had filed a murder case against Sengar and nine others on Monday after the rape survivor’s family filed a complaint, alleging conspiracy behind the incident. Sengar, a four-time MLA from Bangermau, was arrested in April last year on charges on rape.
Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma also said on Tuesday that Sengar had already been suspended from the party long ago. Sharma visited the King George’s Medical University (KGMU) to inquire about the health of the two injured. He said the government would provide the best treatment to them.
Meanwhile, hospital spokesperson Sandeep Tiwari siad there was no improvement in the condition of the two. “The situation is critical. Both of them are in the ICU and kept on ventilator,” he added.