Reacting angrily at being denied renomination from Punjab’s Hoshiarpur Lok Sabha seat, Union Minister Vijay Sampla Tuesday said the BJP has committed “cow slaughter”.
Raj failed to get a ticket from the reserved constituency after his party picked singer Hans Raj Hans instead. He had earlier threatened to quit the party if he was denied a ticket and said he would seek reelection as an independent candidate. “I am waiting for ticket if not given to me, I will do goodbye to party,” he had said in a tweet.
In a series of tweets Tuesday morning, Udit Raj had tried to building pressure on the party for a ticket
Raj later said while speaking to reporters that he did not know the reason why the BJP denied him a ticket.
“I trusted the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and merged my Indian Justice Party with the BJP. I now realise many smaller regional parties have benefited more by remaining independent…. I’m deeply hurt that I was not even given a chance to defend myself,” Raj said.
Raj, founder of the pro-Dalit Indian Justice Party, had joined the BJP in 2014.
After he was refused a ticket from the saffron party, Raj had claimed that he cannot help Dalits and the poor if he is not in a position of power. “I am not sure. Have I been denied it for supporting Dalit protests against (dilution of) SC/ST Act, holding a rally against sealing, supporting equal rights for women in Sabarimala or being the second-best MP in India in terms of performance?” he had told The Indian Express
I am the best performer of the party
Earlier, Raj’s supporters had protested outside the BJP office. Raj had said he was unable to speak to party chief Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi about his seat, though he had communicated with other senior party leaders.
“I am the best performer of the party among its Delhi MPs,” he had claimed. “Also, I am the only Dalit leader of the BJP who is known across the country. I don’t know why I am being treated like this. I am a disciplined BJP member, I am just asking for what is due to me.”
In 2014, Udit Raj had merged his Indian Justice Party with the BJP ahead of the general elections. He was fielded from the North West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency in 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
The former BJP MP had often held views contrary to the party’s stand, especially during the Sabarimala issue and ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by Dalit organisations last year.
Earlier this month, he was at the centre of controversy after being caught in a sting done on several MPs, which purportedly showed lawmakers accepting use of black money for contesting polls.
The Lok Sabha elections 2019 are being held in seven phases. The results of the Lok Sabha election 2019 will be announced on May 23. Voting in the first phase was conducted on April 11. The seven phases will cover a total of 543 constituencies.
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