Jaipur: Gyandev Ahuja, who resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party after being denied a ticket to contest Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018, was reinstated and appointed BJP’s state vice-president on Thursday. The development came a few days after he filed nomination as an independent candidate from Sanganer constituency, which he reportedly withdrew following the appointment. Also Read - Major Setback For Congress in Gujarat as 2 Party MLAs Resign Ahead of Rajya Sabha Polls
The Ramgarh MLA had quit the party on November 19 and announced he will contest the polls as an independent candidate. He had sent his resignation to the state BJP president Madan Lal Saini. Also Read - Fact Check: Pregnant Elephant Was NOT 'Fed' Cracker-Stuffed 'Pineapple' in Kerala's 'Malappuram', Maneka Gandhi Called Out For Communalising Animal's Death
“My name was dropped by the party without taking me into confidence. I was not even told about the reason why my name was dropped. After pressure from my supporters and family members, I resigned from the party. I will now contest the elections from Sanganer seat,” Ahuja said. Also Read - 'Nobody Will Use New Name': Twitter Slams Union Minister Prakash Javadekar's 'Historic' Priority to Rename Kolkata Port Amid COVID-19, Economic Crisis
“I had demanded a ticket from Sanganer after the other candidate was given the ticket from Ramgarh but the party did not fulfil my demand. Therefore, I decided to contest as an independent candidate,” he said.
He had filed his nomination papers as an independent candidate from Sanganer on Monday. The leader was booked for violating the model code of conduct after he allegedly distributed money to his supporters during a rally before filing nomination papers as an independent candidate. The action was taken after a video purportedly showing Ahuja distributing money went viral. the FIR was lodged with Banipark Police Station under sections of the Representation of the People’s Act.
Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018 will be held on December 7. The counting of votes will be held on December 11. There are 200 assembly constituencies in Rajasthan. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won 163 seats and the Congress 23 seats in the 14th assembly election held in 2013. Elections in Rajasthan have been a two-party affair—the BJP and Congress.