Rajasthan BJP has expelled its 11 rebel leaders, including four ministers in the current government, for deciding to contest against party candidates in the upcoming Assembly elections, as per reports. They have been expelled for six years.
The expulsion order of these 11 leaders was issued last night as yesterday was the last day of withdrawal of nominations. Out of the 11 expelled leaders, the four ministers are public health engineering department minister Surendra Goyal, general administration department minister Hemsingh Bhadana, Devasthan minister Rajkumar Rinwa, and junior Panchayati Raj and rural development minister Dhan Singh Rawat. They are contesting as independent candidates.
The other leaders are Laxmi Narayan Dave, Radhyeshyam Ganganagar, Rameshwar Bhati, Kuldeep Dhankad, DD Kumawat, Kisnaram Nai and Anita Katara from Dungarpur.
11 rebel leaders of Rajasthan BJP have been expelled from the primary membership of the party for 6 years for contesting against the official party candidates in the upcoming #RajasthanAssemblyElection2018. pic.twitter.com/e4SWHAmkkd
— ANI (@ANI) November 22, 2018
BJP sitting MLA from Ramgarh constituency Gyandev Ahuja had resigned from the party on November 18. He later announced to contest as an independent candidate after the party declined to give him a ticket.
Another former BJP legislator Habibur Rahaman Ashrafi Lamba joined the Congress party, last Wednesday. Rahman had tendered his resignation on November 12 to state BJP chief Madan Lal Saini after he found his name was missing from the party’s first list.
Rajasthan goes to polls on December 7 and counting of votes will take place on December 11.