Ramesh Bidhuri gets poll responsibility in Tonk district of Rajasthan; Opposition leaders slam BJP

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  • The Bharatiya Janata Party has tasked its Lok Sabha MP Ramesh Bidhuri, with poll responsibility in Tonk district of Rajasthan, party sources said. 
  • Bidhuri is among the grassroots BJP leaders from the national capital and enjoys considerable influence in his constituency. 
  • With the Gurjar community present in large numbers in the district, the BJP believes Bidhuri can help it swing the votes as he is also from the same caste. 
  • Opposition leaders have slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over this, as Bidhuri is in the eye of a storm for his derogatory comments against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Danish Ali. 
  • The BJP MP had been issued a show cause notice by the party after his derogatory words targeting Ali in Lok Sabha sparked massive outrage with the opposition demanding his suspension from the House. 

The Bharatiya Janata Party has tasked its Lok Sabha MP Ramesh Bidhuri with poll responsibility in the Tonk district of Rajasthan, party sources said on Wednesday. With the Gurjar community present in large numbers in the district, which has four assembly seats including the one held by senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot, the BJP believes Bidhuri can help it swing the votes as he is also from the same caste.

Pilot is also from the Gurjar community. Bidhuri’s responsibility will be akin to the party’s poll in charge of the district, sources said. Party leaders said Meenas and Muslims are the two other largest communities in the district. Pilot was elected from the Tonk assembly seat in 2018.

Bidhuri also posted on X that he attended a coordination meeting for the Tonk district held in Jaipur. State BJP president C P Joshi chaired the meeting.

Bidhuri is among the grassroots BJP leaders from the national capital and enjoys considerable influence in his constituency.

Opposition leaders have slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over its Lok Sabha member Ramesh Bidhuri, who is in the eye of a storm for his derogatory comments against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Danish Ali, getting poll responsibility in Rajasthan’s Tonk district.

In a post on X, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said, “Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas’- yeh sab hai inka bakwaas.” TMC MP Mahua Moitra also slammed the BJP and said Bidhuri had been rewarded for his remarks against a Muslim MP. “How does a show cause person be given a new role by BJP? Narendra Modi ji, is this your Sneha Yatra for minorities, your love outreach?” she said on X.

The BJP MP from South Delhi had been issued a show cause notice by the party after his derogatory words targeting Ali in Lok Sabha last week sparked massive outrage with the opposition demanding his suspension from the House. Bidhuri’s remarks targeting Ali during a discussion on the success of the Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission last Thursday (September 21) sparked a furor, with opposition leaders calling for stringent action against the BJP MP.

Opposition parties have rallied around Ali and targeted the BJP on its MP’s remarks. Several members of the Congress, TMC, and NCP among others have written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla seeking the strictest action against Bidhuri.

(With inputs from agencies)

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