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Nathdwara legislators D-I-L withdraw nomination on getting notice by BJP president

Udaipur : Nathdwara legislator Kalyan Singh’s daughter in law withdrew her nomination for a ward seat in Khamnor Panchayat Samiti at Rajsamand district on Thursday after a notice was served to the MLA by the state BJP president Ashok Parnami. In his letter Parnami asked the legislator to adhere to the party’s directive against allotment of tickets to relatives of elected representatives and office bearers or else disciplinary action would be taken. Priyanka Kunwar is wife of Yogendra Singh Chouhan, the eldest son of the legislator. With Priyanka’s withdrawal Congress candidate Deepika Kunwar won the seat uncontested as all other nominations had been rejected. Deepika is the daughter of Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who is elder brother of the legislator.

A complaint was send to the party president on Tuesday , which held that Singh had intentionally kept it undisclosed to the party that Priyanka, was his daughter in law. She was granted the party ticket from ward 16 in the Khamnor panchayat samiti and had filed her nomination on the last day. While it was made clear to the MPs, MLAs and senior office bearers of the party , in December, not to include family members of existing public representatives and office bearers as candidates for zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections.

Parnami was reportedly upset with the legislator for not obeying the rule and hence a notice was sent to Singh warning him to withdraw the nomination before 3 o clock on Thursday or else disciplinary action would be taken. A copy of the letter was sent to Kiran Maheshwari, the Minister incharge of election for Rajsamand and the district party president. On Thursday hours long meeting took place at the legislators office where partymen tried to convince leaders to let Priyanka carry on with the contest, however, efforts were in vain. Finally the candidate withdrew her nomination papers before the deadline, from the SDM office at Nathdwara.

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