Days after BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri hurled communal slurs at BSP MP Danish Ali in Lok Sabha, the party has appointed him as its poll in-charge for Tonk district of Rajasthan. Bidhuri's responsibility will be akin to the BJP's poll in-charge of the district, party sources said.
With the Gurjar community present in large numbers in the district, which has four assembly seats including the one held by senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot, the BJP believes Bidhuri can help it swing the votes as he is also from the same caste. Bidhuri also posted on X that he attended a coordination meeting for the Tonk district held in Jaipur. State BJP president C P Joshi chaired the meeting.
During the recently-concluded special session of the parliament, the BJP MP used terms like "Muslim ugrawadi" (Muslim terrorist), "Bharwa" (pimp), and "katwa" (circumcised) to refer to Danish Ali. The BJP also issued a showcause notice to him. While the INDIA bloc parties rallied behind Ali, who said it was nothing less than hate speech and demanded that the matter be referred to the privileges committee of the House, the parties also demanded suspension of the BJP MP.
Opposition parties also criticised the BJP for giving Bidhuri poll responsibility. In a post on X, Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh said, "Sabka saath, sabka vikas, sabka vishwas'—yeh sab hai inka bakwaas."
TMC MP Mahua Moitra also slammed the BJP and said Bidhuri had been "rewarded" for his remarks against a Muslim MP. "How does a showcaused person be given new role by @BJP4India? @narendramodi ji - is this your Sneha Yatra for minorities, your love outreach?" she said on X.