In a jolt to the opposition Congress forward of the Meeting polls in Gujarat, senior MLA Mohansinh Rathva on Tuesday resigned as a celebration member and legislator and joined the Bharatiya Janata Occasion (BJP).
Rathva, 78, despatched his resignation letter to state Congress chief Jagdish Thakor.
A distinguished tribal chief, Rathva is a ten-time Member of the Legislative Meeting and at the moment represents the Chhota Udaipur (ST) constituency in central Gujarat. Earlier than 2012, he had represented Pavi-Jetpur (ST) constituency within the Chhota Udepur district.
Just lately, Rathva had introduced that he wouldn’t search a ticket for the following month’s Meeting elections however wished the celebration to subject his son Rajendrasinh Rathva from his seat as a substitute.
Congress Rajya Sabha MP Naran Rathva has additionally reportedly sought a ticket for his son from the identical seat.
Gujarat will vote in two phases on December 1 and 5. The counting of votes shall be taken up on December 8.
After sending his resignation letter, Rathva reached the Gujarat BJP workplace in Ahmedabad the place he was inducted into the celebration by state normal secretaries Bhargav Bhatt and Pradeepsinh Vaghela.
Rathva’s sons Rajendrasinh and Ranjitsinh additionally joined the BJP on the operate.
When requested if the BJP will give him a ticket for the Meeting polls, Rathva claimed he’s “100 per cent” positive.
“Nonetheless, I’ve not sought a ticket. I get outdated now. My son Rajendrasinh is an engineer. He’s BE civil. He was having a sense that we should always be part of BJP,” Rathva informed reporters on the BJP headquarters.
When requested if he left Congress as a result of the celebration denied a ticket for his son, Rathva replied he had determined to affix BJP earlier than Congress takes a name.
“The Congress by no means stated that they won’t give me a ticket (for my son). I made a decision earlier than Congress stated something about it. I used to be impressed by the work accomplished by the BJP authorities and PM Narendra Modi in our tribal areas. That’s the reason why I’ve determined to affix BJP,” he added.
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