Rajya Sabha polls: RLP to back Subhash Chandra, says won’t vote for Congress or BJP

The Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) said it would support independent candidate Subhash Chandra in the Rajya Sabha polls in Rajasthan, adding that it would not vote for the BJP or Congress.

BJP had already said it would back Subhash Chandra for a Rajya Sabha seat from Rajasthan. (File photo)

Hanuman Beniwal-led Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) has officially announced its support for independent candidate Subhash Chandra ahead of the Rajya Sabha election in Rajasthan.

“In the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections the three MLAs of @RLPIndiaOrg will neither vote for the BJP nor for the Congress and, respecting the dignity of the democracy, will vote in support of Independent candidate shree @subhashchandra,” RLP founder and Member of Parliament Hanuman Beniwal stated.

The BJP had already earlier announced its decision to back Subhash Chandra for a Rajya Sabha seat from Rajasthan.

Meanwhile, the BJP has nominated veteran leader Ghanshyam Tiwari as its own candidate for the Rajya Sabha. Tiwari had earlier quit the saffron party after his open rift with former chief minister Vasundhara Raje.

Congress, on the other hand, had earlier stated that the BJP can once again try to indulge in horse trading in an attempt to emerge victorious in the Rajya Sabha polls in Rajasthan, slated to be held on June 10.

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Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had questioned how the BJP has decided to back independent contender Subhash Chandra given that it does not have numbers of its own to ensure a second candidate’s victory.

The BJP in Rajasthan took to resort politics on Monday to deter any poaching of its lawmakers. It shifted more than 60 of its 71 MLAs to Devi Niketan, a resort in Jamdoli on the outskirts of Jaipur. The party has termed the stay of its legislators at the resort as a 'prashikshan shivir' or training camp.

On the first day of the party MLAs' stay at the resort, conspicuous by her absence was ex-CM Vasundhara Raje, even as several of the other senior party leaders including state BJP chief Dr Satish Poonia, Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria, and deputy leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore were present there.

The Congress had earlier sequestered its MLAs in a five-star hotel in Udaipur in the run-up to the high-stakes Rajya Sabha polls.