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Former Union Minister, 6-time BJP MP quits from Party

Eastern Times, New Delhi: A six-time MP from Gujarat’s Bharuch city and tribal leader, Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava, has resigned from the BJP submitting his resignation letter on Tuesday.


He wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to declare 121 villages in Narmada district as ‘eco-sensitive zones’. He has also requested in his letter to Modi to withdraw the notification of the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change. He resigned a day later. He was elected from the Bharuch Lok Sabha constituency six times in a row since 1998.


He wrote a letter to Gujarat BJP president CR Patil informing him that he would hand over his resignation letter to the Speaker of Parliament during the upcoming budget session. In the letter, Mansukh wrote, “The team has given me opportunities beyond my means. I will always be grateful to the central leadership. I have carefully adhered to the principles of the team as well as my personal beliefs. But at the end of the day I will see to it that my mistakes do not hurt the team. I am raising the issue of resignation. During the upcoming budget session, I will also submit my resignation as a Member of Parliament to the Hon’ble Speaker of the Lok Sabha”.


The resignation is undoubtedly a big blow ahead of local elections in Gujarat early next year. Demonstrations have begun to make 121 villages eco-sensitive zones along the Narmada River next to the Statue of Unity. Mansukh also wrote a letter to Modi on this issue last week. Mansukhbhai Vasava was the Minister of State for Tribal Affairs in the Union Cabinet formed in 2014 under the leadership of Modi.


However, Mansukh Vasava was opposed by a section of the BJP for his decision of resignation. Earlier, however, the BJP was embarrassed over Mansukh’s remarks on Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. Following the Supreme Court’s verdict in favour of the construction of the Ram temple, the MP said, “The apex court has ruled in favour of the temple in Ayodhya because BJP is the ruling party at the center”.

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