New Delhi :
In a big setback to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), partyâ€™s MP from Ranchi Lok Sabha seat Ramtahal Chaudhary resigned on the eve of the first phase of Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Chaudhary took this step after he was denied a ticket to contest for a sixth time from the constituency. BJP had announced Jharkhand Khadi Gramodyog Board Chairman Sanjay Seth as its candidate from Ranchi parliamentary seat.
Chaudhary told a news conference that he would contest as an Independent candidate from the Ranchi Lok Sabha seat.
Jharkhand: Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Ranchi Lok Sabha seat, Ramtahal Chaudhary, resigns from the party; says he will contest independently. BJP had announced Jharkhand Khadi Gramodyog Board Chairman Sanjay Seth as its candidate from Ranchiâ€” ANI (@ANI) April 10, 2019
"I have resigned from the party's primary membership and sent the letter to Jharkhand unit president Laxman Gilua. I will file nomination papers as an independent candidate from Ranchi on April 16," Chaudhary said.
Chaudhary, a five-time BJP MP, said he was not even consulted by the party before the announcement of the candidate from Ranchi.