India’s election: BJP leader shoots cousin for voting not for his party

Preliminary investigations reveal that Dharmender Singh had asked his cousin and his family to vote for BJP but the cousin voted for Congress instead. (Photo: PTI/Representational image)

NEW DELHI, May 14, 2019, India Today. A mandal-level Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader from Haryana’s Jhajjar district, Dharmender Silani, shot at his cousin for casting his vote in favour of Congress and not BJP, reported the India Today.

Raja Singh, was allegedly shot by Dharmender Silani with an unlicensed weapon.

According to Times of India, Dharmender Silani shot at Raja Singh thrice — twice in his legs and once in his stomach. Raja Singh was rushed to a hospital, where he is stable. Police have booked Dharmender Silani in a case of attempted murder and the Arms Act. Silani, however, is absconding.

According to preliminary investigation Dharmender Silani, who is a former member of the Bahadurgarh civic body and an office-bearer of BJP’s mandal unit, had asked his cousin Raja Singh and his family to vote for the BJP.

However, Dharmender Silani’s elder brother, Harender Singh, who happens to be a local Congress functionary and a former councillor, suggested Raja Singh a Congress candidate to vote for. Raja Singh chose to go with the elder brother’s advice and voted accordingly.

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