The Congress Party on Wednesday demanded the resignation of BJP MLA Ganesh Joshi for allegedly injuring a police horse during a protest rally in Dehradun.
Congress leader Sarita Arya urged animal rights activist and Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi to take note of the issue.
“It is good that the horse is well now. They are saying that they did not do anything. Whereas the video shows that they are beating the animal. Maneka Gandhi should take cognizance of it. The leader, who beat the horse, should resign,” she said.
Congress leader Lalit Farswan described the BJP MLAs, who attacked the horse as ‘shameless’ and demanded a probe into the matter.
“It is shameless that the animal was beaten up…Those responsible for the act must tender their resignations…We want an investigation into this matter,” he said.
Another Congress leader Mayukh Mehar condemned the incident and demanded Joshi’s resignation. The police have registered a case against Joshi and his supporters under Cruelty to Animals Act in connection with the incident, while several animal rights activists have also lodged a police complaint against the MLA for his “inhuman” act.
The ghastly attack on the horse took place during a protest on Monday against Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Monday for ‘misuse’ of funds.
The BJP MLA allegedly attacked the horse deployed to disperse the protesters during a protest against Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat.
The protest took a violent turn when in a bid to dismount the rider the protesters charged at the horse with sticks and broke the animal’s leg.
Joshi was allegedly seen in the video attacking the horse and other agitators supporting him in the effort.
The horse underwent a surgical procedure to fix one of its hind legs.