The protests over the candidate's selection continued in BJP in Rajasthan on Monday and the same voices were heard in the ruling Congress also. The BJP has taken disciplinary action on some of the workers who vandalized the party office in Rajsamand on Sunday while the Congress has formed a coordination committee to pacify the expected resentment.
The protest against the candidate declared by the BJP for the Udaipur City constituency intensified as the dissident leader Paras Singhvi took out a rally of supporters in the city on Monday.
Resentment against Tara Singh Jain
Paras Singhvi said that he has only one demand that the person who is against BJP should not be given a ticket. "It can be anyone except Tara Chand Jain," said Singhvi adding that he is not joining Congress, but all avenues are open to him and will take the decision after consulting his supporters.
There were protests in BJP in Asind and Mandalgarh seats also. In Asind seat, supporters of former Gulabpura Municipality Chairman Dhanraj Gurjar protested against BJP candidate Jabbar Singh. BJP leader Shakti Singh Hada and his supporters have come out in protest against Gopal Khandelwal who got the ticket from Mandalgarh. Supporters of both the leaders have demanded a change of tickets.
Three times MLA from Bikaner East seat Siddhi Kumari is also facing the protest this time with former Chairman of the Urban Development Trust, Mahavir Ranka has held a meeting with his supporters and registered his protest. He said that now they will show strength and register their protest.
Looking at the incidents of unrest, the BJP has started taking action. BJP State Disciplinary Committee President Omkar Singh Lakhawat has suspended BJP members Ajay Prajapat, Devi Lal Jatiya, Himmat Kumawat and Mukesh Sharma on charges of allegedly vandalizing the Bharatiya Janata Party district office in Rajsamand.
Reacting to the ongoing unrest among the workers, the Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore said that these are collective decisions and no one has taken out any personal grudge against anyone. Whatever it is, it is the decision of the high command.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said that it is the first time that we are witnessing the way vandalism and arson are taking place in the BJP after the ticket distribution. Such an atmosphere has never been seen in any party to date. It should be studied.
With BJP, the workers in Congress have also started raising the voices of dissidence on candidate selection.
Annoyed with the candidature of Education Minister BD Kalla from Bikaner West seat for the 10th time in a row, the member of the Vipra Kalyan Board Rajkumar Kiradu has resigned from the post. He has said that the party has given a ticket to Dr. BD Kalla for the 10th time. I am deeply displeased with this decision of the Congress Party.' It is a matter of shame for the Congress Party that grassroots workers are not being given importance, ' said Kiradu.
Mahesh Sharma resigned from post
At the same time, the Chairman of the Vipra Kalyan Board Mahesh Sharma has resigned from the post in protest of the candidature of Archana Sharma from the Malviya Nagar seat of the capital city of Jaipur. Mahesh Sharma posted his resignation on social media and wrote Satyamev Jayate. Sharma had reached Delhi against Archana Sharma when the meeting of the screening committee for candidate selection was taking place.
The party has formed a coordination committee to pacify the expected resentment under the chairmanship of Congress Working Committee member Mohan Prakash. Senior Congress leader Laxman Singh Rawat and Rajya Sabha MP Neeraj Dangi have been appointed as conveners of this committee. Congress General Secretary Ram Singh Kushwaha has been made the convener of this committee.