Rajasthan Polls: Minister Quits BJP After Being Denied Ticket

Rajasthan Minister and 5-time MLA Surendra Goyal was not given a ticket from the Jaitaran constituency.

Rajasthan Elections 2018
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Surendra Goyal (first from right) at an event. 

A Rajasthan minister, who was dropped by the BJP in its first list of candidates for the assembly election released on Sunday, 11 November, resigned from his post and the party on Monday.

Surendra Goyal, the public health engineering and ground water minister who represents the Jaitaran constituency, tendered separate resignations to CM Vasundhara Raje and the party's state president, Madan Lal Saini, reported PTI.

The five-time MLA has not sighted any reason for the resignation. In its first list of 131 candidates released on Sunday night, the BJP has fielded a new face, Avinash Gehlot, from Jaitaran.

Rajasthan Polls: Minister Quits BJP After Being Denied Ticket
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Goyal may now contest the Jaitaran seat in Pali district as an independent, reported Hindustan Times.

Along with Goyal, Tribal Affairs Minister Nandlal Meena could not make it to the first list released on Sunday, PTI reported. However, the party has fielded Meena’s son from his constituency.

As per the first list of candidates, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will be contesting from the Jhalrapatan constituency, from where she has been a three-time MLA.

The developments come just days before Rajasthan goes to polls on 7 December, with the results set to be declared on 11 December.

(With inputs from PTI.)

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