“From an autorickshaw driver and a labour, BJP made me an MLA thrice and then a Cabinet Minister. I can’t get angry with my party,” said the sitting minister and MLA from Kamptee Chandrashekhar Bawankule, after having been denied a candidature by BJP in the Maharashtra assembly elections.
This is what Bawankule said, in a communique issued to the media: “It takes a great deal of luck for a farm worker and an ordinary grocery store labor to be able to get the things that I have got in my life. I am truly lucky and I will never forget the favour BJP has done to me.
I am not at all upset because the BJP did not give me the opportunity to contest elections from the Kamptee constituency this time. In the past, the party gave me the opportunity to contest from Kamptee three times. I was also selected as the Guardian Minister for two districts.
I accept the decision made by the party high command. The party wants me to work in Vidarbha and there’s no question of being upset at that. I was given the chance to contest the election from Katol this time, but if I had decided to fight the election from Katol, it would have been unfair to party members there.
Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is like my elder brother and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari is like my father. I want to work under their leadership. I will keep working like every other party member to fulfill the dream of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party’s National President Amit Shah. I will honestly carry out any responsibility that the party gives me.
The party did not allow me to contest assembly elections as it wants me to work for assembly elections in East Vidarbha. My wife did not fill the nomination form as an independent candidate, but because she did not have a B-form, she was going to be eliminated anyway.”