BJP leader lands in trouble as picture holding AK-47 rifle goes viral

In his defence, Sareen said the two-month old picture was taken at a house in Srinagar and that the rifle in question belonged to a personal security officer (PSO) of his colleague.

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Jammu, Publish Date: Dec 13 2017 11:54PM | Updated Date: Dec 13 2017 11:54PM
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A leader of Jammu and Kashmir BJP unit landed in trouble after a photograph depicting him with an AK-47 Rifle went viral on social media, following which the party distanced itself from him.

“He is not an active member of the party,” state BJP unit president Sat Sharma said. Ashish Sareen yesterday shared a photograph on his facebook account posing with an AK-47 rifle, which drew brickbats from netizens, while some demanded strong action against him. 

In his defence, Sareen said the two-month old picture was taken at a house in Srinagar and that the rifle in question belonged to a personal security officer (PSO) of his colleague.

“The picture was uploaded by my brother and I apologise for it,” he said.

The BJP state president Sharma said Sareen has not been an active member of the party. “The law must take its own course,” Sharma said reacting to the picture. Sareen, on his facebook account, described himself as the vice-president of the BJP and the former state vice- president of the Bhartiya Janta Yuva Morcha. His profile picture shows him with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while in the cover picture he could be seen with Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Also, Sareen’s recent video shows him attempting to unfurl tricolor in Lal Chowk in Srinagar along with the Shiv Sena activists early this month. PTI