The video was uploaded on YouTube by Madan Ravichandran, his colleague in the saffron party, who claims to have more such stings of BJP leaders.
Following the release of a sting video allegedly featuring him, Tamil Nadu BJP General Secretary KT Raghavan resigned from the party post on Tuesday. The video featured a person with a strong resemblance to Mr Raghavan, allegedly involved in a sleazy call with with a female party worker. The video was uploaded on YouTube by Madan Ravichandran, his colleague in the saffron party, who claims to have more such stings of BJP leaders, NDTV reported.
However, Mr Raghavan denied the allegations against him in a tweet, and said he would take legal action.
“People of Tamil Nadu, party workers and those with me know who I am. I’ve been working for 30 years with no benefits,” he said.
“I learnt about the video about me shared on social media this morning. It’s released to tarnish me and my party. I discussed with the respectful state president Mr Annamalai. I resign from my party position. I deny the allegations. Justice will prevail.”
என்னையும் என்கட்சியையும் களங்கபடுத்த இந்த வீடியோ வெளியிடப்பட்டுள்ளது.
இன்று மரியாதைக்குரிய மாநிலத்தலைவர் திரு.@annamalai_k அவர்களை சந்தித்து ஆலோசனை செய்தேன்.
நான் என்னுடைய கட்சி பொறுப்பை ராஜினாமா செய்கிறேன்.
சட்ட படி சந்திப்பேன்.
— K.T.Raghavan (@KTRaghavanBJP) August 24, 2021
Meanwhile, Madan Ravichandran, the BJP leader who released this video on his YouTube channel Madan Diary, made startling revelations. Mr Ravichandran claimed that his team has audio clips and video footage of 15 such leaders and would release them in course of time.
The idea behind such stings, Mr Ravichandran stressed, came amid allegations of what he called sexual exploitation and forcible sex by several BJP leaders. He claimed the aim of such sting operation was to cleanse the party of such individuals.
However, BJP state President K Annamalai raised doubts over Mr Ravichandran’s intentions, and called it unacceptable.
“We are taking this allegation very seriously and an enquiry commission headed by our party’s State Secretary Srimati Malarkodi will be formed. This team will study the truth behind the allegations and will initiate appropriate actions against those who are proven as accused,” Mr Annamalai said.
“Women office bearers in Bharatiya Janata Party, which is built on very strong traditions and culture, are treated with utmost care, respect, and love,” he said.
On the other hand, Mr Ravichandran and his partner Venba fear trouble from authorities and said they may face several legal and illegal threats, including to their lives. Mr Venba, claiming that the woman in the call involving Mr Raghavan was a district-level leader, said: “Support us in issues like this for the sake of women.”