Hanuman Beniwal joins BJP, major setback for Rajasthan Congress

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    The Congress party suffered a setback in Rajasthan ahead of Lok Sabha elections as Hanuman Beniwal’s Rashtriya Loktantrik Party (RLP) joins hands with the BJP. Beniwal influences the Jat community in the state. The parties sealed the alliance after Beniwal arrived at the BJP office in Jaipur on Thursday morning and met the saffron party’s Rajasthan election in-charge Prakash Javadekar.

    The BJP has fielded Beniwal from Rajasthan’s Nagaur constituency to fight contest against Congress’ Jyoti Mirdha. Beniwal is the sitting legislator from Khimsar in Nagaur district.

    This development comes is a major blow for the Congress as the grand old party had earlier tried to have Beniwal join its camp, but they failed to reach an understanding.

    The RLP leader was quoted – “I will fight the election from Nagaur with support from the BJP. I will also campaign across the country for the party.”

    Rajasthan chief minister and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot had held talks with Beniwal twice last week, but the two sides could not reach an agreement.

    However, Beniwal had claimed that the meeting with Gehlot had been over farmers’ issues, not the Lok Sabha election. The RLP leader is believed to have asked for seven seats from the Congress, a demand Gehlot denied.

    Beniwal vowed to that his supports in and out of the state will support BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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