Bahujan Samaj Party turned Congress MLA Rajendra Singh Gudha who was recently sacked from his ministerial position in Rajasthan has joined the Shiv Sena party in the faction led by Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde.
Eknath Shinde addressed a public gathering in the Udaiparwati which is the constituency of Gudha in the Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan on Saturday and said that the Rajasthan Minister left the ministerial position for the cause of the people. Shinde reportedly said, "Gudha has come to Shiv Sena. I welcome him to Shiv Sena family."
Defending Gudha's removal from the ministry, Shinde claimed that Gudha spoke about the safety of women and law and order and he was removed for it and further questioned, “What wrong did he say?"
Rajasthan needs improved law and order, safety of women, job opportunities for youths and progress of farmers, reportedly said Shinde
The Maharashtra chief minister said that Rajasthan requires industries and there is huge potential in sectors such as mining which can be used to create job opportunities for local youths so that they are not forced to migrate to other states in search of jobs.
Gudha gave up the ministerial post "for truth" and therefore he has joined Shiv Sena, Shinde said.
On the possibility of an alliance with the BJP in Rajasthan, Shinde said Shiv Sena will only engage with the "politics of development" for elections and added that decisions on it will be taken when polls are closer.
Why was Rajendra Singh Gudha sacked?
Gudha, who was the minister of state for panchayati raj and rural development, was dismissed from the post in July after he cornered the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government in the state assembly drawing parallels between sexual violence in strife-hit Manipur and crimes against women in Rajasthan.
Following his termination, Gudha claimed he had a 'red diary' that contained details of alleged illegal transactions by Gehlot.
Rajendra Gudha contested the 2018 assembly elections on a BSP ticket and joined Congress along with five other BSP MLAs. BSP had won six seats in the last assembly elections and all the MLAs had joined the ruling party.