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Despite PM Modi’s Phone Call, BJP Rebel Kirpal Parmar Says, “Enough Is Enough”; Stays In The Race

Kirpal Parmar is fighting assembly polls as an independent candidate. This, after Bharatiya Janata Party BJP did not give him a ticket.

Kirpap Parmar (Photo Credit: Facebook)

Chandigarh: Despite Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s telephone call to withdraw from the contest from the Fatehpur assembly seat in Himachal Pradesh, Kirpal Parmar is fighting assembly polls as an independent candidate. This, after Bharatiya Janata Party BJP did not give him a ticket.

Talking to India Ahead News he said, “Enough is enough, I am in a direct fight with the Congress candidate. BJP is not in the race.” With 21 dissident BJP candidates in the fray, it was none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi who called up his one-time party colleague Kirpal Parmar. But Parmar refused to budge.

“Had you called me a day earlier, when there was time to withdraw, I would have withdrawn my nomination but now withdrawing would reflect on my votes. And, without campaigning, if I just get 20-30 votes it will impact my political career.”

PM Modi called up Parmar and said,” Withdraw, I have a right to tell that to you.” Parmar responded,” Even I have a right on you.” Then Parmar tells the PM, “Modiji, I have been humiliated by Naddaji for 15 years.”

He further goes on to say that Nadda and he were together at the university and lived in the same hostel and on the same floor. But all that changed in 2017 when Parmar got the ticket and since then the dynamics of the relationship changed.  An ex-Rajya Sabha MP, Parmar was also the state vice president of the BJP.

Apart from Parmar, five BJP leaders were suspended from the party recently including Nalagarh MLA KL Thakur, former Indora lawmaker Manohar Dhiman, ex-Kinnaur MLA Tejwant Negi, Kullu leader Ram Singh, and Aani MLA Kishori Lal. The Congress even approached the Election Commission complaining that none other than the PM was pressuring the independent candidates to withdraw.

Kirpal Parmar was also a close aide of BJP leader Sushma Swaraj and former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal. In the 2012 assembly polls, the BJP opted to give tickets to Baldev Thakur. Thakur lost to Congress’s Sujan Singh Pathania. However, Parmar was the BJP candidate in 2017. But lost to Thakur, then an Independent candidate, by a slender margin of 1,200 votes.

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