Rajasthan Election 2023: Amid controversy over Lok Sabha member Ramesh Bidhuri's contentious remarks against Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Danish Ali, the opposition has targeted the BJP, accusing it of rewarding Bidhuri for making inflammatory statements.
The BJP has tasked Ramesh Bidhuri with election-related responsibilities in the Tonk district of Rajasthan, leading to backlash from the opposition.
Congress leader Kapil Sibal took to social media platform 'X' to criticize the BJP, stating, "BJP rewards for 'hate.' Bidhuri has been rewarded for making objectionable comments against Danish Ali (BSP) during a special session in Parliament. BJP has appointed Bidhuri as the in-charge for Tonk district in Rajasthan, where the Muslim population is 29.25%. This appears to be a political move to capitalize on 'hate.'"
Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra also criticized the BJP, questioning how the party could reward Bidhuri for making comments against a Muslim MP. She asked, "How can BJP give a new role to the person who has been issued a notice for a reason? Narendra Modi Ji, is this your 'journey of love' for minorities?"
It is believed that the BJP is hoping that Bidhuri, who comes from the Gurjar community, can secure Gurjar votes in Tonk district due to the significant Gurjar population in the area, just as Danish Ali hails from the same community.
Tonk district has four assembly seats, one of which is represented by Congress leader Sachin Pilot, who is also from the Gurjar community. BJP sources have indicated that Bidhuri will be responsible for the party's election affairs in the district.
Last week, BJP MP Bidhuri faced backlash in the Lok Sabha for using inappropriate language against Danish Ali, following which the party issued a show-cause notice to him.
The opposition had demanded strict action against Bidhuri over his statements. During discussions on the success of the Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission last Thursday, Bidhuri had targeted Ali, leading to a heated controversy.
Opposition parties, including Congress, Trinamool Congress, and NCP, united against Bidhuri, urging Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to take stringent action against him.