Rajasthan: Two former ministers, a number of ex-MLAs give up Congress to hitch BJP forward of Lok Sabha polls

May 16, 2024 | blog

Jaipur: Several Rajasthan Congress leaders together with former ministers Rajendra Yadav and Lal Chand Kataria joined the BJP Sunday, days earlier than the anticipated announcement of the Lok Sabha elections. Former Congress MLAs Ricchpal Mirdha, his son Vijaypal Mirdha and Khiladi Bairwa; former impartial MLA Alok Beniwal, former state chief of Congress Seva Dal Suresh Chaudhary, Rampal Sharma and Riju Jhunjhunwala amongst different leaders additionally joined the state’s ruling occasion.

Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot hit out these leaders, saying “people are saying they have pressure from central agencies therefore they are leaving the Congress and joining the BJP”.

It is a second main jolt to the Congress inside a couple of days as former minister Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya not too long ago joined the BJP which fielded him from Basnwara within the LS elections.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajanlal Sharma, state BJP president C P Joshi and Union minister Bhupendra Yadav welcomed the brand new joinees into the occasion fold at its state headquarters right here.

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Addressing the becoming a member of ceremony, Kataria stated he was pushed by his conscience to hitch the BJP. He stated the BJP understands the ache and struggling of farmers, the poor and the frequent man. It was Chief Minister Shama who labored to resolve the difficulty of the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project, Kataria added. Bairwa, who was the chairman of the SC Commission in the course of the earlier Congress rule, hit out at former chief minister Gehlot, saying he “considered SC people his slaves”. Rajendra Yadav and Lal Chand Kataria have been ministers within the Congress authorities headed by Ashok Gehlot which was voted out of energy in November 2023 elections. Kataria was additionally a Union minister of state within the earlier UPA authorities.

Yadav stated the BJP will win all of the 25 Lok Sabha seats within the state.

When he was a minister within the Gehlot cupboard, the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax Department carried out searches on premises linked to him in reference to an alleged fraud in noon meals.

Ricchpal Mirdha is uncle of former Congress MP Jyoti Mirdha, who joined the BJP forward of the 2023 meeting elections. Jyoti Mirsha has been named because the BJP’s candidate from Nagaur for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. Vijaypal Mirdha is Ricchpal Mirdha’s son.

The Mirdha household wields influential within the Jat-dominated Nagaur and close by areas.

Ricchpal Mirdha stated former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee gave reservation to the Jat neighborhood, whereas the Modi authorities has made Jagdeep Dhankhar, the son of a farmer, the vice chairman of India.

There are three governors from the Jat neighborhood, he stated. “What did the Congress give us?”

Apart from them, former MLA Randhir Singh Bhindar, who give up the BJP to type his Janta Sena outfit, merged with the saffron occasion.

Bhindar stated he struggled for 11 years after separating from the BJP as a result of sure causes however by no means joined the Congress. He added he was returning to his household.

A BJP spokesperson stated {that a} complete of 13,70 leaders together with senior leaders and pradhan, Zila parishad members and panchayat samiti members joined the occasion immediately.

Chief Minister Sharma alleged the Congress sought votes within the identify of farmers however cheated them. He additionally accused the occasion of corruption and scams.

Alok Beniwal is the son of the previous Gujarat governor Kamla Beniwal.

Gehlot stated these leaders have been made Union ministers, state ministers and given different large positions within the Congress however they left the occasion in tough time.

“In difficult times for the party, they are leaving the party and running away. Many people are saying that they are under pressure from central agencies and hence are joining the BJP,” he posted on X.

“This is not the time to bow down to any pressure but to save democracy and fight for the future of the country,” he stated.

Gehlot stated occasion leaders ought to take inspiration from the Gandhi household. Rahul Gandhi and his complete household have been “harassed” by the Enforcement Directorate for a lot of days on the pretext of questioning and his Parliament membership was additionally cancelled, he stated.

“They were under intense pressure. Through the Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, he (Rahul Gandhi) is travelling across the country and creating public awareness against injustice, inflation, hatred and unemployment. This is how to fight boldly in politics,” he stated.

“Today, there is pressure on every institution in the country and every person is feeling the atmosphere of tension. This tension and pressure has to be countered which only the Congress Party can do. Only the Congress can keep the country’s democracy strong and safe,” Gehlot added.

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