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‘Ghar wapsi’ for Ghanshyam Tiwari as he returns to BJP in Rajasthan

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It was like ‘ghar wapsi’ for veteran politician Ghanshyam Tiwari. The six-time BJP legislator and a former minister, Tiwari, who deserted BJP and joined Congress following a rift with former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje returned to the saffron party on Saturday.

Tiwari, who once used to be the Brahmin face of the BJP, was re-inducted at a simple ceremony in Jaipur. Tiwari said he would work for the organisation of which he was a senior vice president for a number of years before he quit the party in 2018. Tiwari launched his own political outfit—Bharat Vahini Party— in 2018 and later in 2019 just before the Lok Sabha election, he joined Congress.

Differences with Vasundhara Raje

He and Vasundhara Raje had ideological differences and Tiwari leveled several charges against Vasundhara Raje during her second term as the chief minister. Their relations became bitter and Tiwari, who became a loner in the party, eventually resigned from the party to launch his own party.

The Bharat Vahini Party, which was predominantly founded with the intention to make it a part of the upper-caste Brahmins, failed to get even the community’s support. Tiwari, who was first elected from Sikar in 1980 became MLA on six occasions. He shifted his base from Sikar to Chomu in the Jaipur district and then to the Sanganer constituency in Jaipur.

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Tiwari was a powerful Brahmin leader of the BJP with a mass following. He was elected from Sanganer three times but in 2018 contesting from his own Bharat Vahini Party from his old constituency Sanganer, he lost his deposit and was placed third.

Tiwari, who has a strong RSS connection, came back to the party fold after waiting for more than a year. His return to the BJP was not favoured by his arch political rival Vasundhara Raje. But senior party leadership in Delhi supported the return of Tiwari much to the displeasure of Vasundhara Raje, who herself has been sidelined by the party and is lying low.

Never joined Congress, claims Ghanshyam Tiwari

Tiwari joined the Congress in 2019 in the presence of Rahul Gandhi, but after his induction in the BJP on Saturday, he said he never enrolled himself formally in the Congress.

He admitted that he had ideological differences with Vasundhara Raje. Now all issues have been amicably settled, he said.

Tiwari, who served as a Cabinet minister under Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and later under Vasundhara Raje said, he is not keen to contest any election in the future and would like to serve the party as a worker.

 

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