Rajasthan Congress MLA, Close To Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Resigns

Rajasthan Congress MLA Ganesh Ghoghra resigns, says "being ignored despite being MLA of ruling party"

Ganesh Ghoghra, the state's Youth Congress president, is the MLA Dungarpur.

Jaipur:

An MLA of Rajasthan Congress, known to be a supporter of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, has resigned. Ganesh Ghoghra, the state's Youth Congress president who represents Dungarpur in the assembly, resigned saying that despite being an MLA of the ruling party, he is being ignored.

The administration "does not listen" when he brings up people's problems, he has said in the resignation letter, addressed to the Chief Minister which has also been sent to the Speaker,  and Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Mr Ghoghra's resignation comes a day after he had a stand-off with the district administration in Dungarpur over the distribution of land deeds at a government programme in Surpur village.

His dramatic resignation letter, where he resigns as an MLA but not from the party, is seen as ill-timed, especially after Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot successfully hosted the Congress brass in Udaipur and also took Rahul Gandhi to address a tribal rally in Dungarpur.

Mr Ghoghra was one of the prominent speakers at that rally.

The slightest political turbulence in Rajasthan raises concerns as the party is tenuously balanced between Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his younger rival Sachin Pilot.

Whether Mr Ghoghra's resignation will be accepted or not remains to be see but it is not something the party wants as it begins preparing for the next year's assembly polls.

The Congress in seeking another term in the state, which has voted out the incumbent party in every election over the last three decades.

Asked about the Congress's chances in the state in a recent interview, senior leader Sachin Pilot told NDTV, "This time we have done good work. I don't mind saying that if we take everyone along and go out among the people, we will definitely win".

Asked how to break the state's tradition of voting out the incumbent, Mr Pilot said, "This has to be done". In 2013, when the BJP came to power, the Congress had managed to retain only 20 seats.

Earlier today, the Congress suffered another blow in another poll-bound state. Gujarat leader Hardik Patel – who commanded a huge following among students during the quota row -- quit the party, with what was seen as harsh criticism of Rahul Gandhi.

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