Denied ticket, Rajasthan BJP leader Surendra Goyal quits party

File photo of Surendra Goyal. Photograph:( Others )

ANI Jaipur, Rajasthan, India Nov 13, 2018, 12.49 PM (IST)

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and minister in Rajasthan government, Surendra Goyal, submitted his resignation from the party on Monday, a day after he was denied the ticket to contest the state assembly poll.

The BJP released its first list of 131 candidates on Sunday, following a Central Election Committee meeting, wherein Goyal was confirmed to have been replaced by Avinash Gehlot for Jaitaran constituency.

Goyal, a five-time MLA from the seat, submitted his resignation letter to the state unit party president Madanlal Saini. He was the state's Water Resources Minister.

The BJP has fielded 25 new faces and 85 sitting MLAs for the ensuing assembly polls. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will contest from Jhalrapatan assembly constituency from where she has been contesting since 2003.

The assembly polls in the state will take place on December 7 in a single phase for all 200 seats, which are at stake in the state. The counting of votes will take place on December 11. The BJP had won 163 of the 200 assembly seats in the last Assembly polls.