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Gujarat Polls: MLA Mohansinh Rathva Leaves Congress, Joins BJP


Mohansinh Rathva a Ten-Time Member of the Gujarat Congress legislature, left the Party on Tuesday and joined the BJP

Ahmedabad:  Mohansinh Rathva a Ten-Time Member of the Gujarat Congress legislature, left the Congress party on Tuesday and joined the BJP. The Congress has suffered numerous setbacks in the state over the previous few years, and Rathva’s resignation is the most recent one.

Rathva, 78, delivered a letter of resignation to Jagdish Thakor, the state Congressman.

Rathva, a well-known tribal leader, is currently a member of parliament for central Gujarat’s Chhota Udaipur (ST) seat. Prior to 2012, he served as the representative for the Chhota Udaipur district’s Pavi-Jetpur (ST) seat.

Rathva recently declared that he would forego seeking a ticket for the upcoming assembly elections. He did so, in favor of having the party run by his son Rajendrasinh Rathva from this seat.

Gujarat will vote in two phases, on December 1 and December 5. On December 8, the results will be announced.

After Submitting the resignation letter Rathav went to the Gujarat BJP Office in Ahmedabad where he joined the BJP in presence of State General Secretaries Bhargav Bhatt and Pradipsinh Vaghela.

Mohansinh Rathav’s sons Rajendrasinh and Ranjitsinh both of them joined the BJP too at the function.

When he was questioned if BJP will give him a ticket in the upcoming assembly elections he replied that he is 100% sure about getting a ticket.

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In reply, he said, “However, I have not sought a ticket. I am getting old now. My son Rajendrasinh is an engineer. He is BE civil. He was having a feeling that we should join BJP,” Rathav Told Reporters at the BJP Headquaters. 

On being asked if he left Congress because the party denied a ticket to his son he replied that he had decided to join BJP before Congress took a call.

He said, “Congress never said that they will not give a ticket to me. In fact, I decided to leave Congress before they say anything about it. I was impressed with the BJP government because the work done in Gujarat is unbeatable. PM Narendra Modi has worked in our tribal areas also. During the tenure of the BJP, a lot of development was made for the tribal communities. So that is the reason that I joined the BJP,” he added.

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