TikTok star-turned-BJP leader Sonali Phogat landed in a controversy after she thrashed Hisar market committee secretary Sultan Singh with a slipper during a visit to the Balsamand Mandi in Hisar on Friday.
Videos of her slapping and hitting Sultan Singh with a slipper were widely circulated on social media as police personnel at the spot remained mute spectators.
Phogat had a heated exchange with the market committee secretary after farmers alleged that Sultan Singh was creating hurdles in the procurement process.
In the video, Phogat can be seen hitting Sultan and saying, “How dare you abuse me?”
While addressing mediapersons in Hisar, Phogat said she had thrashed the market committee official after he made derogatory remarks against her as she entered the Balsamand Mandi.
“ I visited Balsamand mandi along with a few farmers and the Hisar market committee secretary Sultan Singh to inspect the arrangements for starting gram procurement there. Sultan told me that I am a charming lady and I should not be roaming in the mandis for farmers. I tried to control my anger but his words pinched me so I thrashed him. He sought unconditional apology from me. Now, I have filed a complaint against Sultan Singh,” Phogat said.
Hisar deputy commissioner (law and order) Joginder Sharma said they have received complaints from both BJP leader Sonali Phogat and mandi secretary Sultan Singh. “We are verifying the facts. Strict action will be taken. Sonali Phogat has alleged that the official made derogatory remarks against her and tried to assault her,” the DSP said.
In his complaint to the police, Sultan Singh said Phogat had visited his Hisar office and asked him to be present at the Balsamand Mandi. “On reaching there, she asked me when procurement for gram will be started. I told her Hafed officials are not ready to initiate procurement due to lack of arrangements at the mandi. A shed will be needed there for procurement to begin. After talking for 15 minutes, she started abusing me for not starting the procurement process. She even accused me of not helping her during the assembly election. When I told her that I belong to Narwana and have no connection with Adampur, she started thrashing me,” he claimed.
Phogat had contested the 2019 Haryana assembly elections from Adampur and lost to Congress’s Kuldeep Bishnoi.
BJP state chief Subhash Barala condemned the attack on the market committee official. He said,“ We are waiting for a probe and only after that we can talk about Sonali Phogat.”
Congress spokesman and former Kaithal MLA Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, “These acts (have been) done by a BJP leader. Is it a crime to do a government job? Will (chief minister Manohar Lal) Khattar take action against Phogat?”