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Rajasthan Assembly Polls 2018: BJP treads with caution, drops motor-mouths in second list

Gyandev Ahuja, BJP MLA from Ramgarh was dropped in the second list. He had earlier courted controversy over his remarks on students indulging in debauchery on the JNU campus.

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Ramgarh MLA Gyandev Ahuja (Image: Facebook)
Ramgarh MLA Gyandev Ahuja (Image: Facebook)

Watch what you say or you may lose your seat. This seems to be the mantra as the BJP announced its second list of candidates for Rajasthan Assembly polls, declaring names of 162 candidates in the 200-member assembly.

The saffron party has dropped three ministers — Babulal Verma, Rajkumar Rinwa and Dhan Singh Rawat — and 15 sitting MLAs, including Gyandev Ahuja, who represents Ramgarh constituency in Alwar region.

Ahuja had courted controversy back in 2016 at the height of the JNU controversy with his remarks on students indulging in debauchery on the campus premises.

He had reportedly said, “More than 10,000 butts of cigarettes and 4,000 pieces of beedis were found. At least 50,000 big and small pieces of bones were found. Two thousand wrappers of chips and namkeen were found, and so were 3,000 used condoms. Around 500 used contraceptive injections were also found. They commit misdeeds with our sisters and daughters there.”

He had also alleged that "students are mostly found taking drugs after 8pm inside the campus". "Those studying in JNU are not children, but parents of two children. They indulge in peaceful protests in the mornings and during the nights, they perform obscene dances," DNA had reported.

Besides, Ahuja had also made headlines with his remarks on lynchings in the state. In the Rakbar Khan lynching case, calling the gaurakshaks “innocent”, Ahuja had claimed that “the chargesheet had done injustice to them” and did not even talk about the “cow smugglers”.

He had also said cow smugglers should be treated like terrorists, adding, “Terrorists kill two to three people, but when a cow is killed, sentiments of crores of Hindus get hurt."

In August this year, Ahuja had even said Jawaharlal Nehru was not a ‘Pandit’ because he ate “beef and pork”.

Other MLAs who were dropped off BJP’s second list of candidates include Rajkumari Jatav from Hinduan constituency of Karauli district. She had reportedly made communal statements in the aftermath of the bandh called by the SC/ST community on April 2 after the Supreme Court had read down the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

The saffron party has also dropped Banwari Singhal, MLA from Alwar city, who had made anti-Muslim remarks.

The BJP seems to be treading cautiously while selecting candidates for the upcoming polls. While constantly bashing Congress over its "dynastic politics"", the party seems to have overlooked the same while distributing tickets within their own ranks.

Party leaders said the deviation was necessitated to avoid revolt within the party, which otherwise could play spoilsport and affect its prospects in the crucial election.

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First Published on Nov 15, 2018 06:20 pm
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