Delhi BJP Appoints Twitter-Savvy Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga as Spokesman
File photo of Tajinder Singh Bagga. Source: Twitter
New Delhi: With its eyes set on the upcoming civic polls in the capital, BJP’s Delhi unit on Tuesday appointed Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga as its spokesperson.
Bagga is a fairly well-known figure in the capital with a Twitter following of close to 2 lakh people and is known for his proximity to BJP leaders.
He first came into the limelight by assaulting several public figures and founding an internet-savvy group called ‘Bhagat Singh Kranti Sena’ which was defined as a ‘task force against traitors, anti-nationals and corrupts (sic)’.
Most infamous of these episodes was the assault of Prashant Bhushan in his chamber in 2011. Bhushan had supported a referendum on whether the people in Kashmir wanted to stay with India or not.
Titled ‘Operation Prashant Bhushan’ on his Twitter, Bagga with his colleagues had barged into Bhushan’s room when he was speaking to a television channel and started beating him.
Bhushan was pulled out of his chair, slapped, dragged and repeatedly punched. He was pinned down on the floor and kicked on his chest. Later pictures of the injured Bhushan with torn shirt were circulated on the internet.
Later claiming credit for the attack, Bagga had posted this on his Twitter handle, ‘he try to break my Nation, i try to break his head. Hisab chukta. Congrats to all. operation Prashant Bhushan successful [sic].’
His group also defaced walls around the Pakistan High Commission and pasted posters demanding freedom for Balochistan.
Bagga with his colleagues went on to barge into a seminar and attack Arundhati Roy and the people listening to her while the writer was discussing her book ‘Broken Republic’, again for voicing ‘pro-separatist’ sentiments in context of Kashmir.
Again, in 2012, BSKS also threatened to force Swami Agnivesh to drink urine after he voiced concerns over news reports that a Visva-Bharati University girl was forced to drink urine by her hostel warden for bedwetting.
In the same year, Bagga and his colleagues claimed credit for attacking Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
In 2015, BSKS also started an online news and opinion blog dedicated to Narendra Modi called the NaMo Patrika. On July 1, 2015 he was hosted by the Prime Minister at his official residence on Lok Kalyan Marg, along with 149 pro-right other media influencers in an event called #super150.
Off late Bagga seemed to have mellowed down a bit. In case of the online propaganda attack on Delhi University student Gurmehar Kaur, Bagga told a news portal, “People sharing fake video of Gurmehar is only hurting movement, it’s not going to prove anything. Also, if it’s not real we don’t have right to attack anyone’s personal life.”
With the elevation of Bagga, who has been close to BJP and RSS since his teens, to an official position in the party, BJP would be looking to attract youth and Sikhs to the party ahead of the crucial civic polls scheduled to be held on April 22.