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Lok Sabha elections 2019: Veteran BJP leader Devi Singh Bhati resigns from party

Bhati has been lobbying vigorously in party leadership against Meghwal ever since his daughter-in-law Suman Kanwar lost the recent Assembly elections from Kolayat assembly constituency.

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Mar 16, 2019 12:22 IST
Aparnesh Goswami
Aparnesh Goswami
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devi singh bhati. ht file photo
devi singh bhati. ht file photo
         

BJP leader Devi Singh Bhati on Saturday resigned from the party ahead of Lok Sabha elections. Bhati had earlier warned the party leadership that he would resign from the party if it fielded union state minister and sitting Member of Parliament (MP) Arjun Ram Meghwal from Bikaner in the upcoming Lok Sabha election. Meghwal is the sitting MP from Bikaner, while Bhati has been the party’s MLA from Kolayat constituency in Bikaner district for 33 years.

Bhati has been lobbying vigorously in the party leadership against Meghwal ever since his daughter-in-law Poonam Kanwar lost the recent Assembly elections from the Kolayat assembly constituency.

Bhati said he was running out of patience and now it was time for him to speak out.

Bhati has accused Meghwal of having supported Congress candidates in past assembly elections leading to the defeat of several BJP candidates in the region

Targeting the BJP central leadership, he said he had spoken about all issues with them but they hadn’t done anything. ”There is nobody to listen,” he said. After quitting the BJP, Bhati, however has not clarified if he will join or support the Congress.

“I will not reveal all my cards now. There is a feeling in the BJP that I will not rebel against the party or I will not leave it (party), the party should not take me for granted,” Bhati had said before resigning from the party.

Devi Singh Bhati was a member of the 7th-13th Houses of the Rajasthan Legislative Assembly from Kolayat and was a cabinet minister in the Bhairon Singh Shekhawat regime.

Arjun Ram Meghwal did not responded to the calls and messages made for his reaction.

First Published: Mar 16, 2019 09:39 IST

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