At a time when the common man is facing the cash crunch, the BJP in Uttar Pradesh is reportedly on a shopping spree for bikes. According to reports, the party has bought 248 TVS motorbikes with stickers of lotus, its election symbol.
A news website, uttarpradesh.org, has claimed that the bikes are parked at Jungle Chanwari, Gorakhpur. While the BJP has maintained silence on the matter, the news portal has reported that 188 of the motorbikes are registered in the name of the party's regional office in Beniganj, Gorakhpur. A local BJP leader, Upendra Dutt Shukla, denied having any information about this when asked.
Sources said apart from the 245 bikes, three scooters have also been kept in Jungle Sikri, a village situated near a four-lane road in Gorakhpur's Khorabar area. A makeshift tent has reportedly been erected on a vacant plot owned by a builder to keep the bikes in. All bikes are white in colour with the sticker of the lotus flower on oil tankers.
The motorbikes are speculated to be used for campaigning in the upcoming assembly election.
The bikes were reportedly bought from a TVS outlet in Basharatpur, Shahpur, and registered at Gorakhpur's Regional Transport Office. The BJP office is said to have paid Rs 2,668 for the registration of each bike. All have been allotted numbers starting UP-53, which is Gorakhpur's registered number. The total cost of the 248 bikes is estimated at Rs 92 lakh, which works out to Rs 37,105 a piece.