Former BSF constable, Tej Bahadur Yadav, who was dismissed from service over a video showing him complaining about bad quality food being served to the troopers in difficult terrains, has been named Samajwadi Party’s candidate from Varanasi constituency.
The SP has fielded Yadav from Uttar Pradesh’s Varanasi after dropping Shalini Yadav, who had earlier filed her nomination from the seat.
The alliance of the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal had earlier named Shalini Yadav as its candidate from Varanasi amid speculation that Priyanka Gandhi may contest from the seat.
However, the Congress has fielded Ajay Rai as its candidate in Varanasi.
Yadav is the daughter-in-law of former Congress MP from Varanasi and Union minister late Shyamlal Yadav.
Tej Bahadur Yadav faces tough competition as he will contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the elections.
Varanasi is going to the polls in the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 19. Results will be declared on May 23.
Yadav, a constable in the 29th battalion, had posted several videos on social networking platform Facebook showing visuals of poor quality of food provided to BSF soldiers on the Indo-Pakistan border. He had alleged that BSF officers syphon off food supplies provided by the government.
He had also expressed apprehension that his superiors may take action against him for exposing the deplorable conditions of soldiers serving on the border.
Yadav’s outburst has caused a storm on social media with many coming forward to express their support.
Later he was dismissed from service and an NIA probe was initiated against him for possible “connection with foreign contacts”.