BTP exits govt as Rajasthan Congmen back BJP in poll

UDAIPUR/JAIPUR: Bharatiya Tribal Party (BTP) on Thursday put the Ashok Gehlot government in Rajasthan in a spot by severing ties with Congress after an independent for the Dungarpur zila pramukh seat backed by BTP failed to get elected with the support of its ally. Instead, the Congress councillors voted for BJP, whose nominee emerged victorious in the 27-member parishad despite winning just eight seats.

BTP’s two MLAs in the 200-member Rajasthan assembly have been backing the Gehlot government and had even voted for Congress in the Rajya Sabha elections. Infuriated by Congress members ditching BTP in the zila pramukh polls, the party’s Rajasthan unit chief Vela Ram Ghogra said: “This move puts an end to the relationship between BTP and Congress. This betrayal of trust has proved that Congress can never be trusted. Now, it is clear to us that BTP will contest all polls independently.”

State BJP chief Satish Poonia said this was not an “unusual” development. “In panchayat or zila parishad, a party gives freedom to the local netas to take a call in such situations.”

Source: Times of India

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