Rajasthan BJP expels 11 rebels, including 4 ministers, ahead of Dec 7 polls - Hindustan Times
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Rajasthan BJP expels 11 rebels, including 4 ministers, ahead of Dec 7 polls

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By
Nov 23, 2018 01:49 PM IST

The four minister were denied tickets by the BJP and filed nominations as Independent candidates.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) expelled 11 leaders, including four ministers in the Vasundhara Raje government, for six years for contesting against party candidates in the December 7 Assembly election, said a release from the party on Thursday night.

BJP President Amit Shah, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and State President Madan Lal Saini during 'Yuva Ree Baat Amit Shah Ke Sath', at Deep Smriti Auditorium, in Jaipur, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.(PTI)
BJP President Amit Shah, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and State President Madan Lal Saini during 'Yuva Ree Baat Amit Shah Ke Sath', at Deep Smriti Auditorium, in Jaipur, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.(PTI)

State party president Madan Lal Saini issued the order for expulsions of these 11 leaders last night after the last day for withdrawal of nominations.

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The expelled leaders include public health engineering department minister Surendra Goyal, general administration department minister Hemsingh Bhadana, devasthan minister Rajkumar Rinwa and junior panchayati raj and rural development minister Dhan Singh Rawat. The four were denied tickets by the BJP and they filed nominations as Independent candidates.

The other leaders who faced the axe are Laxmi Narayan Dave from Marwar Junction, Radhyeshyam Ganganagar from Sriganganagar, Rameshwar Bhati from Sujangarh, Kuldeep Dhankad from Viratnagar, DD Kumawat from Phulera, Kisnaram Nai from Sridungargarh and Anita Katara from Dungarpur.

Earlier, the BJP and the Congress managed to persuade several rebels to withdraw from the contest. However, several of them continue to be in the fray to queer the pitch of the authorised party candidates and to make the contest triangular and quadrangular in some constituencies.

The BJP MLAs who did relent after the party’s overtures and withdrew their candidature after speaking to senior party leaders are Bhawani Singh Rajawat, Gyandev Ahuja and Anita Singh. Rajawat met party national vice-president and MP Om Mathur while Ahuja met national president Amit Shah on Wednesday and yielded. Ahuja who was contesting from Sanganer was made party vice-president.

Prachi Dixit, who had filed her nomination from Kota, and Champa Lal Gedar from Bikaner also withdrew their names. Gedar met Shah in Bikaner on Wednesday and then agreed to withdraw his name.

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Among the Congress rebels, two former ministers, Mahadev Singh Khandela and Babulal Nagar, remain in the fray. In addition to them, six former MLAs, CS Baid from Taranagar, Sanyam Lodha from Sirohi, Nathram Sinodia from Kishangarh, CL Premi from Keshoraipatan, Bhimraj Bhati from Pali and Haji Abdul Kayum from Masuda, are also contesting as rebels.

Meanwhile, on the last day of withdrawal on Thursday, total 570 candidates withdrew their names. This number is till 6pm on the website of election department.

According to the website, total 3,293 candidates filed their nomination from November 12 to 19, while 420 nominations were rejected in the scrutiny on November 20 and there were 2,873 candidates in the fray. In two days of withdrawal on Wednesday and Thursday, 570 candidates withdrew their names and now 2,303 candidates are contesting the assembly elections.

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Maximum withdrawal of nominations was 22 from Adarsh Nagar assembly constituency, followed by 12 from Jaisalmer constituency and 10 each from Hawa Mahal, Degana and Siwana assembly constituencies.

Out of 200 assembly constituencies, there were 33 assembly constituencies where there has been no withdrawal.

The polling in the state will be on December 7 from 8am to 5pm and counting of votes will take place on December 11.

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