Rajya Sabha elections: Rajasthan BSP whip asks 6 of its MLAs who have merged with Congress to vote for independent candidate Subhash Chandra
Rajasthan BSP on Saturday issued a whip asking six MLAs who had won as BSP candidates but later merged. Congress Only to vote for independent candidate Subhash Chandra who is in fray for Rajya Sabha elections on June 10.
Issuing the whip, BSP state president Bhagwan Singh Baba said that the six MLAs had won their seats on the BSP’s symbol in the 2018 state elections and “are bound to act as per the party whip”.
“BSP does not agree with the policies of Congress and BJP, and hence opposes their candidates. The party has issued a whip instructing the MLAs to vote for the independent candidate.
The six MLAs are: Rajendra Gudha, Lakhan Meena, Deepchand Kheria, Sandeep Yadav, Joginder Awana and Wajib Ali.
He had a BSP candidate in the 2018 assembly election, but merged the BSP legislature party with the ruling Congress in September 2019.
Elections to four Rajya Sabha seats from Rajasthan will be held on June 10. Congress has shifted many of its MLAs and independent MLAs to a hotel in Udaipur to save them from horse-trading. Of the six BSP-turned-Congress MLAs, only one Joginder Awana is in the Udaipur camp.
State Minister Rajendra Gudha on Thursday expressed displeasure and said that the MLAs do not get due respect in the Congress.
The Congress has fielded Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Surjewala and Pramod Tiwari, while the BJP has backed former minister Ghanshyam Tiwari and media stalwart Subhash Chandra, who filed nominations as an independent.