Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sonali Phogat has landed in a controversy after a video of her beating an official in Haryana's Hisar emerged. The video shows her beating Balsamand Market Committee Secretary Sultan Singh.
In the video, the TikTok star-turned-BJP leader is seen hitting Singh with a slipper. She can also be heard shouting at the official. Sonali also accused Sultan Singh of abusing her. "He has used objectionable language against me, please write a report against him," she was heard as saying in an undated video.
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 came to 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 and I thrashed him. He sought unconditional apology from me. Now, I have filed a complaint against Sultan Singh," Phogat said.
Meanwhile, Congress has demanded action against Phogat. "Khattar government's disgusting deeds! Adampur, Hisar's BJP leader is beating market committee secretary like an animal. Is being a government worker a crime? Will Khattar sahab take action? Will media remain silent?," he tweeted in Hindi.
Phogat had unsuccessfully contested the 2019 assembly election from Mandi Adampur and lost to Congress candidate Kuldeep Bishnoi, son of former chief minister Bhajan Lal.