Bhopal: Ex-chief minister Babulal Gaur, known for courting controversies, has come out with another contentious statement. Talking to media persons, Gaur said on Tuesday that the party should take Laxmikant Sharma and Raghuvaji back into its fold before the assembly polls and they should be nominated as party candidates.

Gaur said that the BJP leadership wants to win 200-plus seats in the next assembly polls. Winning candidates would be needed for that and both Sharma and Raghavji would be a safe bet for the party, he said. He said that both of them are presently facing trial but none of them has been proved guilty and as such, their re-induction should not be a problem. He said that Laxmikant, Raghavji and he himself would contest the elections.

Reacting to Gaur statement, Sharma said that “He is our senior leader. Recently, he had visited my constituency and met the people. He has only said what he felt and I pay my compliments to him”. He said that as far as contesting elections was concerned, it would depend on the people of his area and the party and he would accept whatever they decide. “The people of my constituency were with me yesterday and they are with me today. I would abide by the decision of my voters and my party”.

Gaur said that he had interacted with the people at a programme at Lateri on Sunday, adding the Laxmikant is the most popular politician of the area. Sharma is facing charges in connection with the Vyapam scam while Raghavji is charged with sodomy. Both of them had to spend some months behind bars, after which they were expelled from the party.

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