The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday suspended its Uttarakhand MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion from the party for six years days after a video of him dancing while showcasing guns and drink alcohol went viral. Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion was then served a show-cause notice by Uttarakhand BJP chief Ajay Bhatt.
In the notice, Bhatt sought Champion’s explanation on the incident and asked why he should not be expelled. While no FIR has been registered against Champion, three arms licenses of him have been suspended by state authorities. “After getting reports from the Haridwar police, I have suspended the three licenses of Champion,” District Magistrate Dipendra Kumar Chaudhary said.
The action came following a report by Haridwar Senior Superintendent of Police Janmejay Khanduri that the licenses of the three weapons – a double-barrel rifle, a revolver, and a modified carbine, should be canceled on security and safety reasons. Champion defended his actions and said his son, who is a shooter, used to practice with these weapons.
Dancing to the tune of a Bollywood blockbuster song, Champion was seen holding a pistol in his mouth and a carbine in one hand while there is another pistol in the other hand. Holding a glass of whiskey, he is even seen allegedly abusing Uttarakhand.
Earlier Champion had been suspended for three months by the ruling BJP last month after a preliminary report prepared by the state party unit’s disciplinary committee found him guilty of gross indiscipline and also took cognizance of his alleged threats to a journalist. The action was taken after a video had gone viral last month in which Champion, the MLA from Khanpur, was seen threatening an electronic media journalist.