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Veteran Congress MLA Resigns Party Membership and Joins BJP

Senior Gujarat Congress MLA and prominent Koli community leader Kunwarji Bawalia on Tuesday tendered his resignation as a legislator as well as from the party. Bawalia, a six-time MLA from Jasdan constituency in Rajkot district, handed over his papers to Gujarat Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi.

A five-time MLA from Jasdan and former Lok Sabha member from Rajkot in 2009 has now joined the BJP and will be sworn in as a minister in the evening.

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The Koli community leader, who has been sulking ever since the December 2017 elections for being ignored for any key party position.

His resignation comes days after another leader from Rajkot, former legislator Indranil Rajyaguru, quit alleging that the Congress leadership ignored the aspirations of several party seniors.

Rajyaguru had unsuccessfully contested Gujarat Assembly elections in December 2017, against Vijay Rupani.


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