The BJP, which has been facing severe anti-incumbency in the ongoing assembly polls in Rajasthan, is now facing severe challenge with number of leaders leaving the party. The release of the first list of candidates has triggered a flurry of resignations in the party, as many prominent names have failed to get ticket to contest.
The party announced the names of 131 out of the total 200 candidates, last Sunday night. It has retained 85 sitting MLAs and dropped 26. State Minister Surendra Goyal has sent a curt resignation letter to Rajasthan party president Madanlal Saini, saying he was resigning from the primary membership of the BJP. He has been a five-time MLA for BJP. He has said he will contest the upcoming election as an Independent from Jaitaran seat.
Kuldeep Dhankhar, a former general secretary of the BJP, also quit after he was overlooked for the election. Alleging that candidate selected in his place was a bad choise, he also is likely to contest as an independent.
The names of Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf, Transport Minister Yunus Khan, Industries Minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat and Labour and Employment Minister Jaswant Singh Yadav are also missing from the list of candidates and speculation is rife that they too can desert the BJP.
Nagaur MLA Habibur Rahman who has also been dropped has mailed his resignation to the party’s state president. Similarly, Ramganj Mandi MLA Chandrakanta Meghwal also said she will contest the election as an independent candidate. Dungarpur MLA Devendra Katara said he will take a decision by evening, after discussing the matter with party workers.
A two-time MLA Sanjana Agri also expressed surprise over being denied a ticket. “I brought Scheduled Castes’ votes to the party’s fold in the last 15 years and won the last election with a margin of over 20,000 votes. The decision to drop my name is surprising for me and for the Meghwal community. The community has significant influence in my constituency, but the party gave the ticket to a candidate who has vote bank of just a few hudreds”, she added.