Jailed for rape, ex-MLA Sengar casts a long shadow on BJP in Bangarmau
Over a year has passed since Kuldeep Singh Sengar was convicted of raping a woman and sentenced to life imprisonment, but the shadow of the former BJP MLA’s ignominy still hangs on the party at Bangarmau Assembly seat where a by-election will be held next month. Sengar had won from Bangarmau constituency in Unnao district in 2017 on a BJP ticket by defeating Samajwadi Party’s Badlu Khan by over 28,000 votes.
With his conviction in the rape and murder cases, the seat fell vacant, and now the BJP has fielded Shrikant Katiyar, who has been heading the party’s Unnao district unit for the past four years till recently. Sengar’s wife, Sangeeta, who is an active BJP worker, was also a strong contender for the party ticket. However, the ruling BJP chose Katiyar, making it clear that it wants to stay clear of Sengar’s image, especially when the Yogi Adityanath government is facing heat over the cases of crimes against women in the wake of the Hathras incident.