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Rajya Sabha polls: In Rajasthan, BJP suspends MLA for cross-voting, issues notice

While Shobharani Kushwah faces the risk of being expelled from the BJP, over five years ago, it was her husband whose Assembly membership was terminated and he was jailed, leading to Shobharani’s election.

Written by Hamza Khan | Jaipur |
Updated: June 11, 2022 2:18:12 pm
Shobharani Kushwah | Facebook

On Friday, BJP MLA from Dholpur, Shobharani Kushwah, sprung a surprise by cross voting in favour of a Congress candidate during the Rajya Sabha polls.

While she faces the risk of being expelled from the BJP, over five years ago, it was her husband whose Assembly membership was terminated and he was jailed, leading to Shobharani’s election.

And now, her cross voting is also being linked to her husband’s imprisonment, while she herself hasn’t offered any explanations yet.

A second term MLA, Kushwah is the wife of jailed former MLA B L Kushwah. In December 2016, the then Rajasthan Assembly Speaker Kailash Meghwal had terminated the Assembly membership of B L Kushwah, who was with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) then, after he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment for ‘honour’ killing.

Kushwah was disqualified under Article 191 of the Indian Constitution, which is concerned with the disqualification of membership of the Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council of a state, read with section 8 (Disqualification on conviction for certain offences) of The Representation of The People Act, 1951.

The BSP MLA from Dholpur was sentenced to life imprisonment by a sessions court in a 2012 “honour killing” case. One Satyendra Singh of Uttar Pradesh, alleged to be a contract killer for Kushwah, was also handed down the life term for the murder of one Naresh Kushwaha in Dholpur district. As per police, B L Kushwah had accused Naresh of being in a relationship with his sister.

Additional District Judge Salim Badar had convicted Kushwah and Satyendra under IPC section 302 (murder) and 120B (criminal conspiracy) while also imposing a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kushwah.

In the subsequent Dholpur Assembly bypoll in early 2017, BJP had fielded Kushwah’s wife Shobharani Kushwah, who went on to win the bypoll. Then in 2018, she was again fielded by the BJP from the same seat during the state Assembly elections, and went on to win once again.


Reacting to the cross voting, Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria said, “There will be action. A notice will reach her for violating the whip. No one can deny that the whip has been violated since it is on authorised documents.”

Later in the day, Kataria suspended her from the party’s primary membership and issued a notice to her seeking a response within seven days, asking why she shouldn’t be expelled from the party for indiscipline. Kataria said that if she doesn’t respond within seven days, the party will be free to take action against her.

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Kushwah could not be reached for comments and had switched off both her phone numbers.

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First published on: 10-06-2022 at 11:53:34 pm

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