Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga came to limelight when he allegedly barged into lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan’s office and attacked him for his views on Kashmir.
Delhi| Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) released its second list of candidates on Tuesday for the upcoming Delhi assembly polls. Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga has been given candidacy from Hari Nagar constituency. Bagga, who’s very active on social media, posted a 2 minutes long video today with the hashtag #Bagga4HariNagar. The hashtag since then is trending on Twitter. Bagga has 649,000 followers on Twitter.
Tajinder Bagga first made to headlines in 2011 when he allegedly barged into the office of lawyer-activist Prashant Bhushan and attacked him over his views on the Kashmir issue. Since then Bagga has been in news for different reasons.
He sparked another controversy in 2018 when he started selling a T-Shirt on his e-commerce website. The T-Shirt hailed the Indian Army with the caption “Saving your a**, whether you like it or not”. It also had an image depicting the incident where a stone pelter was tied to the bonnet of an army jeep. The T-Shirt sparked outrage amongst human rights activists and social media users who called out Bagga for selling nationalism for profit. His store also sells earrings and ornaments for which he’s often trolled on social media by his rivals.
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Before joining the BJP, Bagga led an outfit called “Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena” that he said was a ‘task force against traitors, anti-nationals and the corrupt’. He was appointed as Spokesperson for Delhi BJP in 2017.
BJP released its first list of candidates on January 17 from which Bagga’s name was missing. He was excessively trolled with thousands of tweets posted with hashtag #DontCryBagga.
Responding to one such troll, he had said: “I am BJP, contesting from 70 seat.”
In a list released by BJP on Tuesday, Bagga made the cut. Although, he’s been fielded in Hari Nagar constituency which is known to be a non-BJP seat. Sources said that he wanted to contest from Tilak Nagar.
BJP’s rivals have been raising questions over Bagga’s candidacy since he has a history of mischiefs, sexist comments on women & using nationalism for the purpose of business.