No breakthrough in talks between BJP, Kshatriyas

With the Kshatriya community unrelenting over its demand to drop Union minister and Rajkot candidate Pashottam Rupala from the BJP’s Lok Sabha candidate list, the meeting between BJP and the community leaders failed to break the stalemate.

While talking to the mediapersons after the meeting, Kshatriya leaders said that they had one demand – to get Rupala dropped – and will not meet with BJP again. “No political party can pressurise us,” Karansing Chavda, one of the community representatives said, adding now posters and banners will be put up on the issue.

Another leader of the community told the media that Rupala forgot the glorious history of Rajputs while making the controversial comments and now it has become an issue of self-respect for the community. “So unless BJP doesn’t cancel Rupala’s ticket, the entire Rajput community will assume that BJP is with Rupala and will respond accordingly.”

Senior Kshatriya BJP leader Bhupendrasinh Chudasma, one of the key negotiators, said that the BJP leaders had put forward their request before the core committee of the Kshatriyas. “Rupala has apologised thrice and even the state president also apologised,” he added.

Harry Byrne

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