The rift between the BJP’s and its lone alliance partner in Rajasthan—Rastriya Loktantrik Party (RLP)—is getting deeper. After RLP leader and member of Lok Sabha from Nagaur, Hanuman Beniwal, demanded a rethinking on the part of NDA government on the issue of farm laws, the BJP leaders have condemned Beniwal for toeing a different line.
The Vasundhara Raje camp in the BJP has picked cudgels against Beniwal and has said that Beniwal is free to break the alliance with the BJP, but the party would not tolerate anything which is against the policy of the alliance.
RLP has limited supporters, says BJP
Senior BJP MLA Pratap Singh Singhvi, who is close to Vasundhara Raje along with several former MLAs have written a letter to the BJP president against Beniwal on his anti-NDA utterances.
Beniwal has demanded that the farm laws should be reviewed in light of the agitation by farmers in Delhi. He also said that the recently enacted laws are not in the best interest of the farmers.
Singhvi said that Beniwal’s RLP is limited to a caste only and it has no mass following.
Singhvi said that RLP as a political party has no standing and it has taken more from the BJP than it could offer to the saffron party.
Hanuman Beniwal wants inclusion in Cabinet
Beniwal was elected from Nagaur because the BJP honoured the alliance and made him the candidate for the Lok Sabha elections. He was expecting a berth in the Modi Cabinet after the 2019 Lok Sabha poll. Political experts say that Beniwal has opted to threaten the NDA as the reshuffle of the Cabinet is due and he is trying to pressurise for his inclusion as a minister in the Modi cabinet.
The RLP has three members in the Rajasthan Assembly and out of the three, one is his own brother. Beniwal has influence on sizeable Jat votes of western Rajasthan. In the 2018 Vidhan Sabha election, he was expected to join hands with the Congress as an alliance partner, but there were serious differences over the number of seats.
Then, he negotiated with the BJP, but got only three seats including one for himself. Later, he was elected to the Lok Sabha and resigned his Assembly seat from where his brother won.
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