Ujjain: BJP leader Madanlal Lalawat, who is commonly known as Pehalwan, finally agreed to withdraw his nomination paper as an independent candidate for the Ujjain parliamentary constituency. He agreed after two cabinet ministers Kailash Vijayavargiya ( who is known as Indori Pehalwan) and Paras Jain ( known as Ujjaini Pehalwan) knocked his doors on Wednesday.
Lalawat, who had worked as Mayor of the Ujjain Municipal Corporation and vice- chairman of the Ujjain Development Authority, had put BJP in the troubled waters, by filing his nomination paper as an independent candidate. Despite the efforts of many persons and leaders, he declined to withdraw his nomination paper. Lalawat belongs to Bairwa community, and he is considered to be the senior most SC leader in the constituency after Satya Narayan Jatiya and Thawar Chand Gehlot.
He had filed his nomination protesting Prof Chintamani Malviya as the BJP candidate, saying that the latter was not a grass root worker. According to sources, District Minister In- charge Kailash Vijayavargiya telephoned Lalawat on late Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, Lalawal met the Divisional Organising Secretary Rakesh Dagore at Lok Shakti Bhavan, and held detailed discussions. City BJP chief Iqbal Singh Gandhi and BJP State co- spokesman Roop Pamnani were also present. He then moved towards his residence at Gopalpura. In the afternoon, Ministers Vijayavargiya and Paras Jain along with MLA Mohan adav, former MLA Shiva Kotwani and others also reached Gopalpura, from where Lalawat left for collectorate to withdraw his nomination paper.
If sources are to be believed, Lalawat was adamant to fight the election as an independent candidate. But, some influential leaders of his community asked him to alter his decision; fearing that he may lose his political ground. Veteran BJP leader Krishna Murari Gupta also reportedly telephoned him and advised him to withdraw the nomination paper. Whispers were also doing the rounds that Lalawat agreed to withdraw his paper on the assurance that the party will field his wife as a mayor candidate.
On being contacted, Roop Pamnani told Free Press that Lalawat withdrew his name unconditionally and no assurance was given to him by anybody.