Ramesh Bidhuri, a BJP MP who used derogatory language against Bahujan Samaj Party legislator Kunwar Danish Ali, will lead the party’s election campaign in Tonk, Rajasthan. The opposition termed the appointment a “reward for hate.” The BJP is counting on Bidhuri to sway voters in the district’s four seats, one of which belongs to Congress leader Sachin Pilot. The opposition has accused the BJP of encouraging hatred and rewarded Bidhuri for his baffling eruption in Parliament. The BJP has not taken any disciplinary action against Bidhuri, who has only received a show-cause notice.
Ramesh Bidhuri of the BJP Acquires New Position
“BJP encourages hatred.” Having used vile language to attack Danish Ali in the Special Session of Parliament, Bidhuri got “rewarded.” On X, Kapil Sibal published.
A prize for hatred
Ramesh Bidhuri, a BJP MP who last week abused and used derogatory terms against Bahujan Samaj Party legislator Kunwar Danish Ali, will get assigned the responsibility of leading the party’s election campaign in Tonk, Rajasthan. The appointment has come under fire by the outraged opposition as a “reward for hate.”
Tonk district’s four seats
The BJP is counting on Mr Bidhuri, a member of the Gurjar community, to sway voters in the district’s four seats, one of which belongs to Sachin Pilot, a Congress leader and former deputy chief minister. Historically, the two parties have split the Tonk seat held by Mr. Pilot; in 2013, the BJP’s Ajit Singh Mehta won it. Mahaveer Prasad of the BJP was the last MLA who retained office in 1993.
Kunwar Danish Ali’s remark on abuse
A day after the attack, Mr. Ali told NDTV that he became traumatized and shattered. “Was this special session called to criticize elected representatives by equating them with their neighborhood? The entire nation feels ashamed as a result. We’ll wait and see if his party supports him or takes action,” he had said.
Kapil Sibal on Mr. Bidhuri’s new role
The opposition criticized Mr. Bidhuri’s placement, with independent Rajya Sabha member Kapil Sibal charging that the BJP “rewarded” Mr. Bidhuri for his baffling eruption in Parliament. “BJP encourages hatred. Bidhuri received compensation for criticizing Danish Ali in the Special Session of Parliament using offensive language. Become the BJP in charge of Tonk District,” Mr. Sibal said.
He noted that Muslims make up almost 30% of the inhabitants in Tonk and wrote on X, “(The assignment of Ramesh Bidhuri) represents ‘hatred’ for political compensations.”
The BJP has come under fire from the opposition for not taking any disciplinary action against Mr. Bidhuri, who has only received a show-cause notice thus far. This week, he met with party chief JP Nadda in Delhi, but no information about the meeting has gone public, and it’s not clear whether the BJP intends to penalize him in any way.