Gehlot’s aide withdraws nomination as independent candidate, joins BJP

Jaipur, November 9 (Language) Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s close aide and former Jodhpur mayor Rameshwar Dadhich withdrew his nomination on Thursday and later joined the BJP.

Dadhich had filed nomination as an independent candidate from Sursagar assembly seat.

At the same time, former minister Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, who had filed nomination from Jhotwara against BJP candidate Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore in Jaipur, today withdrew his nomination after talks with the party high command.

After joining BJP, Dadhich said, “I have joined BJP because of the decision-making ability of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.” I was influenced by him for a long time. If he had not been the Prime Minister, Ram temple would not have been constructed.

Dadhich joined the party in the presence of state election in-charge and Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and MP Rajendra Gehlot.

Shekhawat claimed that fed up with Congress’ policies and false promises, leaders of Congress and other parties are joining BJP.

He said that the time has come for the departure of the Congress government from the state.

Other BJP rebels including Chandrabhan Singh Akya from Chittorgarh, Yunus Khan from Didwana, Ravindra Bhati from Shiv, Banshidhar Bajiya from Khandela, Bhawani Singh Shekhawat from Ladpura in Kota, Kailash Meghwal from Shahpura in Bhilwara and Priyanka Chaudhary from Barmer did not withdraw their nominations. Lia and all are contesting as independents.

On the other hand, former Congress MLA Prakash Choudhary from Badi Sadri seat, Mahendra Barjod from Chorasi seat of Dungarpur, Rajkaran Choudhary from Sardarshahr and Brahmdev Kumawat from Masuda have not withdrawn their names and have decided to contest the elections as independents.

Thursday was the last day for withdrawal of nomination papers. Assembly elections are to be held in the state on November 25 and counting of votes will take place on December 3.

Bhasha Kunj Shafiq


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