Former BSF constable, Tej Bahadur Yadav, who was dismissed from service after he had uploaded a few videos on the “substandard food” being served to the jawans of the force, has announced that he will take on Prime Minister Narendra Modi from the Varanasi seat as an Independent candidate in the Lok Sabha elections.

Talking about his decision to contest against the PM, Yadav said, “PM Modi had said that he will give the status of martyrs to soldiers of paramilitary forces and that he will give them pension,” adding, “I will ask PM you had made promises, what all did you do till date? Tell us. It’s an equal fight, on one side you have ‘asli chowkidaar’ and on the other you have ‘nakli chowkidaar’.”

Yadav said his motive was not to win or lose. “My motive is not to win or lose. It is to highlight how this government has failed the forces, especially paramilitary forces. PM Modi seeks votes in the name of our jawans but has done nothing for them. Our paramilitary jawans (CRPF men) killed recently in Pulwama were not even given martyr status by this government,” he was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.

Yadav added that his purpose is to get rid of corruption in the armed forces and when he tried to expose it he was dismissed hence he is contesting the election as an Independent candidate against the PM. “I had raised the issue of corruption but I was sacked. My first objective will be to strengthen and eliminate corruption in the forces,” he said.