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Sacked Rajasthan minister Rajendra Singh Gudha joins Shiv Sena

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JAIPUR, Sept 9: Sacked Rajasthan minister and BSP-turned-Congress MLA Rajendra Singh Gudha has
joined Shiv Sena, Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde announced on Saturday.
Addressing a gathering in Gudha’s assembly constituency, Udaipurwati, in Jhunjhunu district, Shinde
welcomed the former Rajasthan minister to the Shiv Sena and said Gudha left the ministerial position for
the cause of people.
“Gudha has come to Shiv Sena. I welcome him to Shiv Sena family,” Shinde said.
Shinde said that Gudha spoke about the safety of women and law and order and he was removed for it.
“What wrong did he say?” the Maharashtra chief minister said.
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.
Shinde said that Rajasthan needs improved law and order, safety of women, job opportunities for
youths and progress of farmers.
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.
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. (PTI)

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