“Namaste, I am a former Minister of Madhya Pradesh. Thank you so much for taking care of the children…Don’t worry, you’ll be back home soon” – one wouldn’t be wrong in assuming that BJP leader’s video call involves someone trying to flee Ukraine at war.
However, Congress alleged that BJP leader Ranjana Bhagel’s call was a blooper from a promotional campaign and that the person on the other end of the line whom she thanked was an officer of a police station in Gandhwani, Dhar district, who used the phone of local journalist Hariom Malviya, also seen on video.
As thousands of Indian students remain stranded in several parts of Ukraine and their families wait anxiously at home, BJP leaders are most concerned about the PR campaign surrounding the central government’s ‘Operation Ganga’, alleged the opposition party.
— Anurag Dwary (@Anurag_Dwary) March 3, 2022
Responding to the allegations and the video that has gone viral on social media, Ranjana Bhagel denied any claims.
She said she was in constant contact with Union Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia for the evacuation of students from Dhar and Badwani districts of Madhya Pradesh and the phone numbers of two students from Dhar have also been forwarded to her. .
“One of these two students was named Hariom Choel. I was talking to him and giving him reassurances and he told me that there were security guards who had helped him and he wanted me to talk to them as well But before I could do that the phone was disconnected and when we tried again the call went to another Hariom,” she said in her defence.
“A person in the congressional IT cell who engaged in illegal activity was behind the release of the video,” she said.
But Congress spokesman Narendra Saluja said: “It’s a big shame that the BJP is playing politics on this. The person former minister Ranjana Baghel is talking to is a local journalist. The person whom she thanks for taking care of the students is a policeman stationed in Manawar.Watch how they are trying to deceive the public.BJP is involved in spreading such lies.They are playing politics by deceiving people.
Hariom Malviya confirmed receiving a video call from the former minister on his mobile but said nothing was audible. “Later I spoke to Didi who told me she wanted to connect with another Hariom who is stuck in war-torn Ukraine.”
According to the state government, 225 of the 454 Madhya Pradesh students who were stranded in Ukraine have been brought back while efforts are underway to bring back the rest.