Bharatiya Janata Party MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar, who has been accused of raping a minor girl from Unnao, has already been suspended from the party and he will remain suspended, said Uttar Pradesh party chief Swatantra Dev Singh. "He was suspended from the party and will stay suspended. CBI inquiry in the case is underway," Singh was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.
The clarification comes after Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday asked why the BJP was not taking action against the Uttar Pradesh MLA.
"The road accident involving the Unnao rape victim is shocking. Where has the CBI probe in this case reached. Why is the accused MLA still in the BJP? Why is there laxity in the security of the victim and the witnesses," she asked on Twitter.
She asked if one can hope for any justice from the BJP government without an answer to these questions.
"What is the BJP waiting for? Why has this man not been expelled from their party even when his name is in the latest FIR in the Unnao rape case," Priyanka Gandhi asked.
"Does it have no moral duty towards its citizens anymore, or was that never on its agenda anyway," she tweeted.
The Congress leader said the woman is lying grievously wounded in a hospital after the accident, but the accused continues as a BJP legislator, and the state BJP government has the audacity to run a campaign claiming "Fear-free Uttar Pradesh".
"So a woman is allegedly raped by a BJP MLA. Her father is beaten up and dies in custody. A key witness dies mysteriously last year. Now her aunt who was also a witness is killed and her lawyer is critically injured in an accident caused by a truck with blackened number plates," she later tweeted.
Police had said that 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.
Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala alleged that the incident was a conspiracy to kill the woman.
"Unnao and UP demand justice for the victim daughter of the abominable rape crime. But instead of justice, what has happened is a conspiracy to kill," Surjewala tweeted.
"While her father was killed in police custody, now she has lost her family and is herself battling for life," he said. "Adityanath ji, my murderer is also my judge. Will he give a decision in my favour," he claimed.