Jaipur- Turncoats in Rajasthan politics are probably the most mentioned figures nowadays. The cause is easy.
Many candidates from totally different political events have switched to different events with altogether totally different ideologies after being denied tickets, leaving the devoted occasion employees in a repair on a number of seats.
While the senior leaders are busy in photograph ops with the turncoats, in accordance them a heat welcome, some leaders have termed this occasion hopping because the collapse of the political system.
Both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress have given tickets to the turncoats with out bothering about political morality or public propriety.
The solely standards for getting a ticket is ‘Winnability’.
Girraj Singh Malinga, the sitting Congress MLA from Dholpur, lately joined the BJP and some hours later he was introduced because the BJP candidate for the Bari seat.
In March final 12 months, Malinga allegedly assaulted Harshadhipati Valmiki, a Dalit engineer who suffered a number of fractures, together with a damaged femur, and remains to be unable to stroll. He was reportedly brutally thrashed by Malinga and his cronies and has been in hospital for the reason that final many months.
Following this incident, Malinga, a three-time MLA undefeated since 2008, was not made a Congress candidate. Waiting until the eleventh hour, Malinga lastly switched to the BJP on the morning of November 5 and by night he acquired the BJP ticket.
Last 12 months, the BJP had known as Malinga’s actions a mirrored image of “the jungle raj of Congress.”
However Malinga stated this narrative was made up by the Congress excessive command. Meanwhile, Congress spokesperson Swarnim Chaturvedi stated, “We have never ever enacted such a farce, criticising someone for six months for his criminal activities and then giving him a ticket. This is the double faced character of the BJP.”
Narayan Pancharia, heading the election marketing campaign committee of the BJP, stated that Malinga joined the occasion impressed by its service pushed marketing campaign.
“He never came on any terms and conditions and was willing to join the party to serve the people of the nation. We gave him a ticket as he expressed concern for service of the people.”
Meanwhile, the Congress fielded a BJP turncoat Prashant Singh Parmar towards Malinga. Parmar had fought from the Bari seat on a BJP ticket in 2018 however switched sides and acquired the Congress ticket in a couple of hours.
In different phrases, the 2 main events’ candidates for the Bari seat are actually the identical as within the 2018 elections – besides that the Congress candidate then will now battle on a BJP ticket and the BJP candidate then is now the Congress nominee!
A veteran Congress employee on situation of anonymity stated, “it is a sorry state of affairs that the ruling party has to bring in candidates from other parties even at a time when its own party workers worked hard for five years to save the government. Such acts should be stopped as they affect the confidence of the voters.”
An identical state of affairs exists in one other seat in the identical district. Shobharani Kushwaha, who received the Dholpur seat on a BJP ticket in 2018, was expelled from the saffron occasion for voting for a Congress candidate within the Rajya Sabha elections final 12 months. She joined the Congress on October 25 and is now the occasion’s candidate from the area.
Acting in the identical method, the BJP fielded Shivcharan Kushwaha who fought the final election as a Congress candidate however has now joined the saffron brigade! So Dholpur is one more seat to see a repeat of the 2018 contest – besides that the Congress-BJP protagonists have switched events!
Congress spokesperson Swarnim Chaturvedi says, “Shobharani helped us in the Rajya Sabha elections and we have rewarded her.”
And BJP employee Nimisha Gaur says, “the BJP is a big family of disciplined soldiers. We welcome everyone who wants to join us. Anybody coming to us has to accept our ethos and we accept them wholeheartedly, those who have left this party and joined somewhere else have collapsed, ” she says about Kushwaha being given a ticket and Shobharani leaving the occasion.
Another instance of party-hopping comes from the Tijara seat in Alwar. While the BJP has fielded Lok Sabha MP Baba Balak Nath on this seat, the Congress has introduced in Imran Khan who was declared because the official BSP candidate. Khan fought the 2019 Lok Sabha elections as a BSP candidate from Alwar however after switching sides, he changed the sitting Congress candidate Sandeep Kumar.
The ruling Congress granted tickets to many different former BJP leaders together with Vikas Chaudhary from Kishangarh who was denied a ticket by the saffron occasion, Surendra Goyal from Jaitaran, and Colonel Sona Ram in Barmer who once more switched events after being denied a ticket.
Vikas Chaudhary was the BJP candidate from Kishangarh in 2018 however introduced his unbiased candidacy after the BJP gave the ticket to the Ajmer Lok Sabha MP. He joined the Congress at a Priyanka Gandhi rally on October 25 and days later acquired the Kishangarh ticket.
Similarly, the Congress has fielded former BJP MP Sonaram Choudhary from the Gudamalani seat in Barmer. “Sonaram returned to the Congress 9 years after he switched to the BJP for the 2014 normal elections. He acquired the Congress ticket inside hours of rejoining the Congress, ” stated Chaturvedi.
Also, Surendra Goyal, a former minister in Vasundhara Raje’s authorities, who was denied a BJP ticket within the 2018 polls, has grow to be the Congress candidate from Jaitaran.
A senior Congress occasion chief informed IANS, “Party hopping just doesn’t matter these days. What matters is how you can afford to go to the Vidhan Sabha. If your party doesn’t give you options, you have other options open for you. So think, pause and move forward.”
Varun Purohit, a Congress chief, stated, “This system of turncoats accorded a heat welcome in different events symbolises the collapse of the political system. Those leaving the occasion must be barred from contesting polls for six years. People are dropping religion in democracy resulting from these turncoats who change their ideology continuously. They are usually not public representatives however are political occasion representatives, he added.