Bidhuri gets poll duty in Tonk: Opposition slams BJPtext_fields
New Delhi: Opposition leaders have slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for giving poll responsibility in Rajasthan’s Tonk district to its Lok Sabha member Ramesh Bidhuri, who is in the eye of a storm for his derogatory comments against BSP MP Danish Ali.
Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal took to X and wrote, "BJP rewards “hate” Bidhuri rewarded for attacking Danish Ali (BSP) for the unspeakable words he used in the Special Session of Parliament Made BJP incharge of Tonk District in Rajasthan Muslim population in Tonk 29.25% Symbolises “hate” for political dividends !"
Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said in a post on X, “Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas’—yeh sab hai inka bakwaas.”
Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra also slammed the BJP and said Bidhuri had been “rewarded” for his remarks against the Muslim MP. “How does a showcaused person be given a new role by BJP? Narendra Modi ji, is this your Sneha Yatra for minorities, your love outreach?” she said on X.
With the Gurjar community present in large numbers in the Tonk district, which has four assembly seats, including the one held by senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot, the BJP believes Bidhuri can help it swing the votes as he is also from the same caste.
Bidhuri’s responsibility will be akin to the BJP’s poll in charge of the district, party sources said.
Bidhuri also posted on X that he attended a coordination meeting for the Tonk district held in Jaipur. Rajasthan BJP president C P Joshi chaired the meeting.
The BJP MP from South Delhi had been issued a show cause notice by the party after his derogatory words targeting Ali in Lok Sabha last week sparked massive outrage with the opposition demanding his suspension from the House.
Bidhuri’s remarks targeting Ali during a discussion on the success of the Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission last Thursday sparked a furore, with opposition leaders calling for stringent action against the BJP MP.
Opposition parties have rallied around Ali and targeted the BJP on its MP’s remarks. Several members of the Congress, TMC, and NCP among others have written to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla seeking the strictest action against Bidhuri.
Meanwhile, Danish Ali on Wednesday said he had been receiving hateful and threatening messages in the aftermath of the row.
"Since the parliament episode came to light last Friday, some individuals are sending hateful messages and issuing threats to my life. Hope Delhi Police will notice and take appropriate action," Dansih posted on X and tagged Union Home Minister Amit Shah.
With PTI inputs