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Election of outsiders ‘unfair’: Rajasthan BJP MLA on union minister Alphons

Rajasthan BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari said it was unfair that outsider candidates who have no mass support file nominations in their state.

jaipur Updated: Nov 06, 2017 20:14 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Jaipur
BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari,Alphons Kannanthanam,Rajya Sabha
Union tourism minister Alphons Kannanthanam files his nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha in Jaipur on Monday. Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje is also seen.(PTI)

BJP MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari called the nomination of Union minister Alphons Kannanthanam for the Rajya Sabha seat from Rajasthan “unfair”, alleging on Monday that the rights of the state’s party workers had been compromised.

Election for the seat will be held on November 16. The poll was necessitated after M Venkaiah Naidu’s election as the country’s vice president.

“Outsider candidates who have no mass support in their state file nominations from here which is unfair,” the legislator said in a statement issued soon after filing of nomination.

“Leaders of political parties who have no mass support have made Rajya Sabha their shelter. Several among them cannot win election for MLA or councillor in their states,” he alleged.

The party’s MLAs cannot register their protest against the decision of the party leadership and they have to vote in support of the candidate, claimed Tiwari, who has differences with chief minister Vasundhara Raje.

The chief minister has also appointed “outsiders” in various boards and corporation of the state, sacrificing the rights of the party workers and this would cause trouble for her, he alleged in the statement.

First Published: Nov 06, 2017 20:13 IST