The Tehelka fiasco seems to drag with every passing day. From a journalist’s sexual assault allegation against Tehelka’s Founder Tarun Tejpal, the entire matter has turned into a political one. The founder who has been accused of raping a colleague at a conference in Goa earlier this month, has stepped down from his position and the Goa Police has been investigating the matter. However the case took a new political turn today as BJP Delhi Chief Vijay Jolly was seen writing ‘accused’ on the name plate of ex-Tehelka editor Shoma Chaudhury’s house.
Earlier in the day, the magazine’s Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury had resigned after questions had been raised on the way she has handled the allegations and trying to settle it as ‘an internal matter of Tehelka’. Shoma, in her resignation mail, has mentioned that she is taking the step to stop questions about her integrity that is tarnishing the image of Tehelka.
“I have worked hard for Tehelka for many years and what we have stood for is very dear to me and I hold it in high esteem. I do not want questions raised about my integrity to tarnish the image of Tehelka, which it has done in the past week. Therefore, I resign as Managing Editor with immediate effect.”
After the news of Shoma’s resignation was out, BJP workers and the party’s Delhi Chief Vijay Jolly gathered outside her house to carry out protests. To make matters worse, the Delhi Chief was photographed defacing the nameplate at the residence of Shoma and writing ‘accused’. The entire incident has been disapproved by the BJP party leadership, RSS and Congress as well.
The intolerable act by a senior party leader has been condemned by Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj said, “The party has nothing to do with it, I condemn the act.” She has also promised action while tweeting the same.
I disapprove of what Shri Vijay Jolly has done at the residence of Ms.Shoma Chaudhary.
— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) November 28, 2013
With this act the BJP Delhi Chief has invited wrath from all corners. Jolly is active on the 140 character network and also trending at the top 10 India Twitter trends. The keyword “Vijay Jolly” has already seen more than 9K tweets on Twitter reaching an exposure of 43M in last twelve hours, according to Topsy.
The tweets that have been making the most buzz on Mr. Jolly are listed below:
— Ram Madhav (@rammadhavbjp) November 28, 2013
And Mr Vijay Jolly, go get a life. Had a pumpkin yday in Naresh Aggarwal, today its you!
— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) November 28, 2013
However shameful the Tehelka crime &cover up has been, the hooliganism by BJP's Vijay Jolly etc outside Shoma Choudhary home unacceptable
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) November 28, 2013
Vijay Jolly's 15 minutes of fame could cost the BJP. This is just the type of politics that Delhi has left behind
— Ashok Malik (@MalikAshok) November 28, 2013
Vijay Jolly is a dolt. His parents should have named him Vijay Folly…#DefacedDolt
— SUHEL SETH (@suhelseth) November 28, 2013
Been stringent in my criticism of Shoma and Tarun, have to say BJP''s Vijay Jolly''s conduct horrific,rampaging goon squads are not protest!
— Sagarika Ghose (@sagarikaghose) November 28, 2013
Vijay Jolly is Proof Narendra Modi actually meant it when he Tweeted " Vote for the LOUTS and Give BJP a Chance" pic.twitter.com/O0ANu7dcQX
— Joy (@Joydas) November 28, 2013
So thanks to Vijay Jolly the discussion point will not be how the accused is dodging law but how BJP is trying extract revenge on Tehelka.
— nitin gokhale (@nitingokhale) November 28, 2013
Vijay Jolly has caused laceration to Shoma Chaudhury’s name plate. He should perform atonement & recuse himself as a painter for 6 months.
— $ir^$ri^$ri Magal (@jhunjhunwala) November 28, 2013
Vijay Jolly tells IBN he has always come out in support of womens rights. Somebody send him to the Guj CMO. Madhuri needs his help !
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) November 28, 2013
What better can you expect than Vijay Jolly's vandalism at a woman's house from a party whose #Saheb himself stalks a woman
— Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) November 28, 2013
Tarun Tejpal joins the chorus in condemning Vijay Jolly. "This is not how a gentleman behaves with a lady," he said.
— The UnReal Times (@TheUnRealTimes) November 28, 2013
Indeed, Delhi Chief Vijay Jolly has made himself and BJP proud by this obnoxious behavior.
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