Mumbai: Maharashtra MLA Anil Gote has announced his resignation from the BJP, alleging that “criminals” were being inducted into the party, said media reports. Gote would resign from the Assembly on November 19. (Also read: BJP Minority Cell Writes to Amit Shah Over Exclusion From First List For Rajasthan)Also Read - Watch | BJP's Kirit Somaiya Detained at Karad Railway Station; Entry Banned in Kolhapur
Gote said he was upset that the BJP had followed in the footsteps of the Congress by allowing criminals in the party. Gote represents the Dhule Assembly seat in Maharashtra. Also Read - Sonu Sood Once Praised by BJP, Now Considered Tax Evader: Shiv Sena on IT Raids at Actor's Properties
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Gote has been opposing the induction of some former leaders of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).
“I am going to tender my resignation to the Assembly Speaker on November 19, the first day of the state legislature’s winter session, and also quit the party,” he was quoted as saying by the PTI.
“Despite my opposition, senior party leaders have been inducting people with criminal background into the BJP ahead of Dhule Municipal Corporation election,” Gote said. If those people get elected, they will “ruin” Dhule city with their corrupt practices, he claimed. He also said that he will contest the mayoral election in the Dhule civic body next month.
Gote won the 2009 Assembly election as an Independent and joined the BJP ahead of the 2014 state polls. He himself was arrested in connection with the counterfeit stamp paper scam involving kingpin Abdul Karim Telgi and is currently out on bail.
Meanwhile, in Rajasthan, many BJP leaders are likely to quit the part after they failed to get a ticket to contest in the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly election 2018. News agency IANS claimed that the supporters of dissidents have been reaching the BJP headquarters in large numbers to express their anguish over the decisions of the party.
Among the prominent names include state minister Surendra Goyal, who has sent a resignation letter to Rajasthan party president Madanlal Saini saying that he was resigning from the primary membership of the BJP. He has been a five-time MLA for BJP. He has said he will contest the upcoming election as an Independent from Jaitaran seat.
Another leader Habibur Rehman, an MLA from Nagaur, has also quit the party. He is expected to join the Congress.