Dehradun, Jun 11: BJP-backed Independent candidate for Rajya Sabha seat in Uttarakhand, Geeta Thakur, who retired from the contest on eve of the polls has resigned from the party accusing it of suffering from an “anti-Dalit mindset”. Thakur, who announced that she was withdrawing from the contest yesterday at a joint press conference in favour of another BJP-supported Independent candidate Anil Goel announced her resignation from the party late in the night. Also Read - BJP's J&K Unit Celebrates Accession Day With Fervour

Charging the BJP with being “anti-women and anti-Dalit,” Thakur said she was first backed by the party as an Independent candidate with nine BJP MLAs including Pradesh BJP president and Leader of Opposition in the state assembly Ajay Bhatt supporting her but was later forced to back out. Accusing the BJP of persecuting her mentally, she said her hopes were first raised and then mercilessly dashed due to “money and briefcase politics” of BJP.(Also Read: Congress wins lone Rajya Sabha seat from Uttarakhand, defeating BJP-backed candidate) Also Read - Uddhav Launches Fresh Salvo at BJP Over Free Vaccine Promise, GST; Dares Party to Topple Maha Govt | Highlights

Holding Uttarakhand BJP-incharge Shyam Jaju and BJP national organisation co-secretary Shivprakash responsible for the “insult”, she said she was resigning from the primary membership of the party as well as from the membership of the Central Film Censor Board and also as the brand ambassador of the Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao with immediate effect. Also Read - Vaccine, Jobs And Unemployment Allowance: High Political Drama in Bihar as Parties Wage Manifesto War Ahead of Polls

The BJP got another setback with its Bhimtal MLA Dan Singh Bhandari tendering his resignation from the membership of the state Assembly to Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal last night. In his resignation to the Speaker, Bhandari had urged him to accept his resignation with immediate effect. His resignation mentioned no reason for doing so.? Speaker Govind Singh Kunjwal has already accepted Bhandari’s resignation. BJP chief whip Madan Kashik said he had no clue why Bhandari has resigned.