Gujarat pollpourri - An MP, 'bootlegger' son & a letter to party boss

The feud in the family of BJP Lok Sabha MP from tribal-dominated Panchmahals constituency, Prabhatsinh Chauhan, took another turn on Saturday.

As the party fielded his daughter-in-law Suman Pravin Chauhan instead of his wife Rangneshwari Chauhan as its candidate from Kalol seat in Central Gujarat,  

The MP is learnt to have shot off a letter to BJP National President Amit Shah, stating that he cannot take responsibility to ensure victory of candidates in seven Assembly segments in his Parliamentary constituency. He even blamed C K Raulji, official BJP candidate who jumped from Congress to BJP after exit of Shankarsinh Vaghela from Congress, of  bringing  his son and husband of Suman, Pravinsinh Chauhan, into BJP to "finish off his (MP's) political career.

The wife, however, made right noises of reconciliation, stating that she would continue to work for her party.  

Son-wife bootleggers

Alleging that his son and his wife (official candidate) were bootleggers involved in illicit liquor trade, the Parliamentarian in his letter states, "Locals in tribal area will not allow Pravin or any other for campaign and BJP will lose 1,10,000 votes. BJP will not be able to win Kalol and Godhra assembly seats. Let me inform the party that I, therefore, won't take responsibility to ensure victory in these seats," he wrote, adding that both his son and daughter-in-law had were jailed too for their involvement in liquor trade.

"Recently, 300 boxes of liquor were seized from Raulji's quarry at Udalpur village of Desar taluka. It was Pravin Chauhan's stock. He is into liquor trade even today. There are many cases pending against Pravin. Party will suffer loss by fielding his wife in election."

In 2007 and 2012, Prabhatsinh had opposed his son's candidature from Kalol as an independent candidate, helping BJP candidates make it through. "As 2017 assembly polls were near, Raulji felt that he would not win…After Rajya Sabha elections, Raulji joined BJP and assured Kalol ticket to Pravin and inducted him into BJP. I know Raulji very well. He is never loyal to any party. He has played role in derailing the government more than once. This is Raulji's move to finish my political career," Prabhatsinh wrote, asking for a local candidate instead.

BJP for its part is silent on the issue.

 

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