Gujarat Lok Sabha Elections: Parshottam Rupala Likely To Withdraw His candidacy From Rajkot Due To Kshatriya Controversy?

Gujarat Lok Sabha Elections: Parshottam Rupala Likely To Withdraw His candidacy From Rajkot Due To Kshatriya Controversy?

Emerging as a potential replacement is Mohan Kundariya, a prominent BJP leader in Rajkot and former Union MoS for Agriculture, who is the sitting MP from Rajkot and previously served as an MLA from Tankaria in Rajkot

Melvyn ThomasUpdated: Monday, April 01, 2024, 02:20 PM IST
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Gujarat Lok Sabha Elections: Parshottam Rupala Likely To Withdraw His candidacy From Rajkot Due To Kshatriya Controversy? | X

Surat: Speculations abound in Rajkot as murmurs suggest that Parshottam Rupala, the union minister facing staunch opposition from the Kshatriya community due to his contentious remarks, may be urged to withdraw his candidature from the Rajkot Lok Sabha seat. Emerging as a potential replacement is Mohan Kundariya, a prominent BJP leader in Rajkot and former Union MoS for Agriculture, who is the sitting MP from Rajkot and previously served as an MLA from Tankaria in Rajkot. However, the Rajkot BJP leaders have refuted the claims and put to rest all speculations stating that these are rumours.

Rajkot BJP dismissed rumours

Raju Dhruv, spokesperson of the Rajkot BJP, dismissed these rumors, asserting they hold no local legitimacy. Dhruv firmly denied any speculation regarding Mohan Kundariya potentially replacing Rupala on the Rajkot seat, emphasizing that Rupala is actively engaging with BJP leaders in Rajkot. Backing Dhruv's stance, another BJP leader, Ram Mokaria, reiterated that the circulating rumors lack substance.

The controversy surrounding Rupala escalated following his attempt to offer a public apology in the presence of Kshatriya leaders under the leadership of Rajendrasinh Jadeja. However, the gesture faced opposition from the Karni Sena, which criticized Rupala's apology for not including all factions of the Kshatriya community. The uncertainty surrounding Rupala's candidature reflects the growing discontent within the Kshatriya community and the potential repercussions it may have on the upcoming elections. As Rupala navigates through the challenges posed by internal dissent, the political landscape in Rajkot remains dynamic.

Kundariya's potential candidacy

The speculation regarding Kundariya's potential candidacy adds another layer of intrigue to the unfolding political drama. With his credentials as a former Union MoS for Agriculture and a seasoned politician with local roots, Kundariya emerges as a viable alternative amidst the uncertainty surrounding Rupala's candidacy. As the BJP grapples with internal tensions and strives to maintain unity ahead of the elections, the fate of the Rajkot Lok Sabha seat hangs in the balance. Whether Rupala retains his candidacy or if Kundariya emerges as the frontrunner, the ensuing developments are poised to shape the political trajectory of Rajkot in the coming days.

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