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Rupala controversy peaks, Kshatriya gathering in Dhandhuka, BJP grapples with fallout

Updated: Apr 7th, 2024

After over a week of the controversy entailing Parshottam Rupala who remarked on the Kshatriya community, the situation is standing at a point where tensions persist as the community convenes in large numbers. Meanwhile, the BJP deliberates on resolving the fallout.

Today, demanding the cancellation of Rupala’s ticket, a large number of Kshatriyas gathered at Ahmedabad’s Dhandhuka in ‘Asmita Mahasammelan’.

Rajput Yuva Sangh national president PT Jadeja said, “Cancel the ticket of Parshottam Rupala as anger has flared up in the Kshatriya society. More than 50,000 people have come here to Dhandhuka. Our message to the government is that this will only fuel the mess. This is self-inflicted anger, there is no one behind the protest.”

“This is just a convention of Dhandhuka taluka; next time conventions will be held up to the district level. Later, maha sammelan (meeting) will be held in Rajkot. In various villages, BJP leaders are banned from entering. It is our humble request to the government to cancel Rupala’s ticket. We have been fighting for 15 days.”

All organisations of the Rajput and Kshatriya communities joined the Mahasammelan held in Dhandhuka against Rupala. Kshatriya leaders of 92 organisations were present at the event including Ramjubha Jadeja, national president of Rajput Yuva Sangh PT Jadeja, and national president of Karni Sena Mahipal Singh.

Kshatriyas from across the state were also present. Kshatriyas from Limbdi, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Amreli, Jamnagar, Bhavnagar, and Sanand attended the Mahasammelan. 

Moreover, the BJP general secretary at Jamnagar district, Pravinsinh Jadeja wrote a letter addressing Rupala asking him to voluntarily back off from the Rajkot candidature.

Coinciding with the Kshatriya community’s event today, around nine BJP Kshatriya community leaders held a meeting with party leaders in Gandhinagar.

Minister of state for home affairs Harsh Sanghavi, Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Pradipsinh Jadeja, Balwantsinh Rajput, Kesridevsinh Jhala, Mahendrasinh Saravaiya, and IK Jadeja were present at the meeting.

The meeting reportedly lasted for over four hours. The minutes of the meeting will be submitted to Gujarat BJP president CR Patil.

 Meanwhile, the focal point of all these events, Rupala, visited Surat today to attend a gathering of the Patidaar community.