MEERUT: BSP's Charthawal constituency in-charge, Arshad Rana, cried inconsolably on Friday after he was denied a ticket from the seat and approached police with a complaint alleging that a senior party leader from western UP took Rs 67 lakh from him, promising to prop him up as a candidate from the constituency.
Rana also demanded that an FIR be lodged against the senior leader and threatened to immolate himself outside the house of BSP supremo Mayawati in Lucknow if he did not "get justice".
"Tamasha bana diya (they made a joke out of me)," said Rana in a video that has now gone viral and shows him bawling. "I have given advertisements daily in papers and put up hoardings across the constituency mentioning that I am the BSP candidate. Now I have become a laughing stock...," Rana told TOI on Friday.
Rana said he had to sell the jewellery of his wife, who is a doctor, and also family land to arrange the money. SHO (Kotwali city police station) Anand Dev Mishra said a complaint has been received from Rana and "an initial probe" initiated.