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MLA who called Bilkis Bano convicts “Sanskari” is BJP candidate from Godhra

Ahmedabad: A BJP leader who had described Bilkis Bano’s rapists as “Sanskari Brahmins” is on the list of the party’s candidates for next month’s Gujarat election.

Chandrasinh Raulji, a former Gujarat minister, is the BJP candidate from Godhra. He is a six-time Godhra MLA.

Chandrasinh Raulji shifted from the Congress to the BJP in August 2017, ahead of the last Gujarat election.

He was part of the Gujarat government committee that unanimously decided to release the 11 men guilty of raping Bilkis Bano and killing nine members of her family, including her three-year-old daughter.

“They were Brahmins and Brahmins are known to have good sanskaar. It might have been someone’s ill intention to corner and punish them,” Mr Raulji was heard telling a reporter from Mojo Story in an interview that was circulated on social media.

He also said the convicts had good conduct while in jail.

The rapists were freed on August 15 Independence Day and welcomed with flowers and sweets by a rightwing group.