As per the reports, the Congress candidate for the Ghaziabad Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh near Delhi lashed out at police while addressing a gathering. (Agencies)
The video footage captures Raj Babbar shouting angrily. The Ghaziabad Police have taken strong exception to his outburst and an investigation has been ordered into the matter.
However, Raj Babbar stated that "When I asked the cops why they were videographing me, I was not being high-handed. I was making a legitimate point.
EC rules that public speeches of election candidates be videographed. But I was not in a public place. I was at a Congress corporator's residence and the law under Section 144 did not apply there. "I was informally addressing my party colleagues at a private gathering and not making a public speech,” he added.
"There are many political elements from rival parties in around my constituency who can't digest the fact that an honest politician can do his job sincerely and effectively and still be elected from the same constituency four times.
"Babbar says his fight is not for power. I am here as a politician not because I want to use this platform for monetary and other benefits. I am here to fight for the rights of farmers.
I've taken on the most powerful business lobby, of the Ambanis, and the very powerful political lobby of the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh.
If I can achieve even a fraction of his transparency in politics, I'd be happy.""Besides me there is Rajesh Khanna, Shatrughan Sinha, Jaya Prada, Hema Malini...I think all these personalities from cinema prove there's more to show business than just show."
He will be stationed in Ghaziabad until elections. His two sons Aarya and Pratiek are expected to join him for the election campaign. "They are busy with their lives. I've asked them to join me. If they come I'll be happy. If they don't I'd still be happy," he said.
As per the reports, the Congress candidate for the Ghaziabad Lok Sabha constituency in Uttar Pradesh near Delhi lashed out at police while addressing a gathering.