Ahmedabad: BJP MP from Gujarat’s Panchmahal Lok Sabha constituency Prabhatsinh Chauhan has chosen to side with his wife after the party’s fifth candidates list for upcoming Assembly polls triggered a family feud by picking their daughter-in-law for the Kalol seat.
Chauhan on Saturday wrote a letter to BJP chief Amit Shah, urging him to change the party’s official candidate and accused his son Pravinsinh Chauhan of being a “bootlegger” who sold “illegal alcohol” in the dry state of Gujarat.
Chauhan went so far as to tell Shah that if the candidate was not changed, he would not be able to guarantee a win for the party from Kalol, an assembly segment which falls in his Lok Sabha constituency.
The BJP on Friday released its fifth list of candidates for the upcoming Gujarat assembly polls. The list, which features the names of 13 candidates, pertains to seats that go to the polls in the second phase of elections on December 14.
While Chauhan had been lobbying hard for a ticket for his wife Rangeshwari Chauhan, the party surprised him and the family by nominating his daughter-in-law Suman Chauhan instead.
Writing to Amit Shah in Gujarati, Prabhatsinh Chauhan said, “Praveen is a bootlegger and he still carries out his illegal liquor business. Both Pravin and Suman have also been to jail. If the current situation persists, I will not be able to win the Kalol and Godhra seats for the party. Ever since I have joined BJP, the party has won both municipal and Lok Sabha elections. I am a senior leader and yet, I have not been given any position in the party organisation.”
Hours after the first list came out, the MP’s wife Rangeshwari Chauhan wrote a scathing Facebook post in Gujarati against her husband Prabhatsinh and stepson Pravinsinh. “Prabhatsinh, if you have ever had your mother’s milk then try and campaign in Kalol, I challenge you!” she wrote.
Speaking to Network 18 after her Facebook post, Rangeshwari Chauhan said, “Prabhatsinh’s son Pravin is a bootlegger who sells alcohol. Both father and son are known to put undue pressure on innocent people in the area. As far as Suman is concerned, she is a candidate who has been parachuted onto this constituency. She was earlier with the Congress and has joined BJP only recently.”