The Rajasthan Bahujan Samaj Party issued a whip on Saturday, instructing six MLAs who were elected as BSP candidates but afterwards merged with the Congress to vote for only Independent candidate Subhash Chandra in the Rajya Sabha elections on June 10.
BSP state president Bhagwan Singh Baba, who issued the whip, stated the six MLAs had won their seats on the BSP ticket in the 2018 state elections and “are bound to work as per the party whip.”
“Because the BSP does not agree with the Congress and BJP’s policies, we oppose their candidates.” “The party has issued a whip instructing MLAs to vote for the Independent candidate,” he said, adding that if the whip is broken, appropriate action will be taken.
Rajendra Gudha, Lakhan Meena, Deepchand Kheria, Sandeep Yadav, Joginder Awana, and Wajib Ali are the six MLAs.
They ran as BSP candidates in the 2018 assembly elections, but in September 2019, they merged the BSP legislature party with the ruling Congress.
The election for four Rajya Sabha seats in Rajasthan will be held on June 10.
To avoid horse trading, the Congress has relocated many of its MLAs and Independents to a hotel in Udaipur. Only one of the six BSP-turned-Congress MLAs, Joginder Awana, is in the Udaipur camp.
A minister of state, Rajendra Gudha, expressed his displeasure on Thursday, claiming that MLAs in the Congress are not treated with respect.
Mukul Wasnik, Randeep Surjewala, and Pramod Tiwari are running for the Congress, while former minister Ghanshyam Tiwari is running for the BJP, and media baron Subhash Chandra is running as an independent.