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Rupala Controversy: Padminiba on hunger strike, Karni Sena on offensive

Padminiba Vala along with other Kshtriya women stepped into a hunger strike

Updated: Apr 3rd, 2024

While the Kshatriya community hasn’t ceased the protests against Parshottam Rupala, the state election commission gave a clean chit to the veteran BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) politician today in a complaint filed by the community.

The decision of the state election commission came after a day when CR Patil extended an olive branch, saying, “The resentment remains despite Rupala’s apology. I also request the Kshatriya community to forgive Rupala with a big heart.”

Backlash from Kshatriya community prevails

Despite Rupala’s apology for his remarks on the Kshatriya community, the agony within the royal community does not seem to subside; instead, it is spreading like wildfire. From Bhavnagar’s royal family to Karni Sena at the national level, the backlash has led Kshatriyas to contest elections against the BJP.

Karni Sena chief Raj Sekhawat has expressed that he would contest against Rupala in the Rajkot seat if his ticket were not cancelled.

On the other hand, a wave of political fervour has been seen among Kshatriya women as Padminiba Vala, one of the community representatives, stepped into a hunger strike today.

At the Ashapura Mata temple on Palace Road in Rajkot, Vala and Kshatriya women solemnly took an oath to abstain from food. This step is their resolute opposition to Rupala’s recent statements.

“No forgiveness in Rajputs”

Maharani Rukminidevi of the Rajpipla royal family expressed her agony against Rupala, saying, “There is no forgiveness in Rajputs. Whoever commits a mistake has his head cut off. He added that Narendra Modi had done wrong by giving Rajkot’s ticket to Rupala.”

She has demanded to replace Rupala from the Rajkot seat and announce a new candidate.

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