The Bharatiya Janta Party Rajasthan sitting lawmaker from Ramgarh, Gyandev Ahuja quits the party on Sunday after he was not given a ticket to contest the assembly elections in the state. Gyandev Ahuja, the lawmaker from Ramgarh in Alwar district, who is well known for his controversial remarks said he will contest as an Independent candidate from Sanganer.
"My name was dropped by the party without taking me into confidence. I was not even told about the reason why my name was dropped. After pressure from my supporters and family members, I resigned from the party. I will now contest the elections from Sanganer seat," said Mr Ahuja.
Protesting against the dictatorial attitude of BJP, I have resigned from primary membership of the party. I will contest as an Independent on issues like Ram Janmabhoomi, cow protection and Hindutva: MLA Gyandev Ahuja, who was denied a ticket by BJP #RajasthanElections2018 pic.twitter.com/UlfawB79jb— ANI (@ANI) November 19, 2018
The BJP fielded Sukhwant Singh from Ramgarh instead. The BJP's move to drop Ahuja comes after the Congress swept bypolls to three seats in the state, including Alwar.
“Protesting against the dictatorial attitude of BJP, I have resigned from primary membership of the party. I will contest as an Independent on issues like Ram Janmabhoomi, cow protection and Hindutva,” Ahuja told news agency ANI.
Earlier this year, in a purported audio clip, Ahuja was heard blaming Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje for the loss in Alwar and Ajmer Lok Sabha bypolls, reported IndianExpress.
Ahuja has managed to keep himself in the headlines by making controversial statements in the last few years. n February 2016, he claimed 50,000 pieces of bones, 3,000 used condoms, 500 used abortion injections, 10,000 cigarette “pieces” were found daily at the JNU campus, where “girls and boys dance naked” in cultural programmes.
In April 2017, Ahuja also said he had “no regret” over the death of Pehlu Khan, who was lynched by a mob in Alwar.
Rajasthan goes to polls in one phase on December 7 and the results will be declared on December 11.