Controversial BJP leader Gyan Dev Ahuja, a sitting MLA from Ramgarh, Alwar resigned from the BJP after he was denied a ticket to contest in the upcoming Rajasthan state elections. Gyandev Ahuja said that he will contest the upcoming elections as an independent candidate focusing on issues like Ram Janmabhoomi, cow protection and Hindutva.
Protesting against the dictatorial attitude of BJP, I have resigned from primary membership of the party. I will contest as an Independent on issues like Ram Janmabhoomi, cow protection and Hindutva: MLA Gyandev Ahuja, who was denied a ticket by BJP #RajasthanElections2018 pic.twitter.com/UlfawB79jb
— ANI (@ANI) November 19, 2018
According to the reports, Gyandev Ahuja on Sunday that he will be contesting as an independent candidate from Sanganer constituency after he was denied a ticket from the BJP. He further added that the BJP has not given any reason for dropping him from the list of candidates.
“Protesting against the dictatorial attitude of BJP, I have resigned from primary membership of the party. I will contest as an Independent on issues like Ram Janmabhoomi, cow protection, and Hindutva,” he said.
He further said that he had asked a ticket from Sanganer after the BJP decided to give Ramgarh ticket to another candidate. He, however, said that the party did not fulfil his demand and therefore decided to contest as an independent candidate.
Gyandev Ahuja is infamously known for his controversial statements in the past as he had once claimed that daily 50,000 pieces of bones, 3,000 used condoms, 500 used abortion injections, 10,000 cigarette “pieces” were found at JNU and had said that girls and boys dance naked at cultural programmes.
In the past, BJP MLA Gyan Dev Ahuja had said that cow slaughtering is a bigger crime than terrorism. Gyan Dev Ahuja had also said that cows are treated as mothers in India and any misbehaviour with them will not be tolerated.
However, the BJP was apprehensive about Gyan Dev Ahuja’s comments in the past, as the Ramgarh MLA had previously said that all political parties, including BJP, use black money in elections.
Update on 23rd November 2018: Just three days after Gyan Dev Ahuja had resigned from the party after being denied a ticket, he has rejoined the party. He had filed his nomination as an independent candidate and that too has been withdrawn by him. He has now been appointed BJP’s state vice president for Rajasthan.
BJP MLA Gyandev Ahuja who had filed nomination as independent after being denied a ticket by the party, has taken back his nomination. He has now been appointed BJP’s state vice president. #RajasthanElection2018 (file pic) pic.twitter.com/N2lp5EBCbp
— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2018