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Ghanshyam Tiwari resigns from BJP

BJP rebel leader Ghanshyam Tiwari addressing a press conference in Jaipur on Monday.  

Rebel BJP leader Ghanshyam Tiwari on Monday resigned from the party, accusing Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje of indulging in “corruption, favouritism and autocratic behaviour”.

Mr. Tiwari announced that he would contest the upcoming State Assembly elections on his newly-floated Bharat Vahini Party ticket.

Show-cause notice

Mr. Tiwari, a five-time MLA and former Education Minister, has been at loggerheads with the Vasundhara Raje-government on several issues, including farmers’ plight, reservation for higher castes and political appointments. BJP’s national disciplinary committee had issued a show-cause notice to him in 2017.

Addressing a press conference here, Mr. Tiwari said he had sent his resignation to party president Amit Shah and brought to his notice the “humiliation” faced by Rajasthan despite the huge mandate given by the people in elections enabling the BJP to come to power at the Centre and in the State.

“The BJP government has looted Rajasthan through a syndicate of Ministers and bureaucrats,” he said.

“There is an undeclared emergency in the country for the last four years. It is more dangerous than the actual emergency and I am ready to fight it,” said the 71-year-old leader, who described himself as a committed worker of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Party floated by son

The Bharat Vahini Party, founded by his son Akhilesh Tiwari and registered by the Election Commission as a political party, will field candidates in all the 200 Assembly constituencies of the State. The party will organise its first convention in Jaipur on July 3, to which 10 representatives from each Assembly seat have been invited.

‘Shah surrendered’

Mr. Tiwari also accused Mr. Shah of first having compromised with corruption in Rajasthan and later surrendering before it, and not acting on his repeated complaints.

Reacting to Mr. Tiwari’s resignation, acting State BJP president Ashok Parnami said it would not make any impact on the party.

“Since the BJP kept patience, Mr. Tiwari resigned on his own. It has sent across a good message to the cadres that there is no place in the party for indisciplined leaders,” he said.

Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said Mr. Tiwari’s resignation had proved that corruption had taken an “institutional shape” in BJP and any party leader, howsoever senior he might be, would be shown the door if he opposed it.

Mr. Tiwari, a sitting MLA from Sanganer Assembly constituency, had won the 2013 Assembly election by the highest margin of 60,000 votes. He was Education Minister during Ms. Raje’s previous tenure in 2003 to 2008.

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