Rivaba Jadeja, BJP MLA and spouse of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, embroiled in a public clash with Jamnagar MP and mayor over divergent views on paying tribute to martyrs. Disagreement highlights internal tensions within the party.
Difference of Opinion on Martyrs’ Tribute
A public altercation unfolded involving Rivaba Jadeja, BJP MLA and spouse of cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, with Mayor Bina Kothari and local MP Poonam Maadam in Jamnagar. The dispute arose over divergent views on paying tribute to martyrs at an event organized by the Jamnagar Municipal Corporation.
The Event and Inauguration
The “Mera Desh, Meri Mitti” event by JMC marked the inauguration of a martyrs’ memorial at Lakhota Lake. MP Poonam Maadam led the homage, followed by MLA Rivaba Jadeja and Mayor Bina Kothari.
Amid the ceremony, Jadeja allegedly confronted Maadam, claiming she made negative remarks when Jadeja removed her footwear to pay tribute. Kothari attempted to mediate but Jadeja retorted with “Stay within your limits.” The mayor urged Jadeja to respect her role.
Exchange in the Spotlight
The public clash surprised attendees, including local officials. The exchange happened openly, reflecting tensions within the BJP ranks.
Rivaba Jadeja’s Explanation
Jadeja explained she removed her footwear as a gesture of “extra tribute” to the martyrs, inspired by the Prime Minister’s call to honor heroes. She disputed Maadam’s comment about footwear removal, interpreting it as an insult.
A Matter of Self-Respect
Jadeja emphasized her reaction stemmed from a matter of self-respect and the need to address what she considered an inappropriate comment. This is not the first time Jadeja’s confrontations have become public.
Political insiders attribute the clash to misunderstandings, noting Maadam’s comments weren’t aimed at Jadeja. However, Jadeja’s actions highlight growing tensions within the party.
Immaturity and Ego
Critics label Jadeja’s actions as immature and ego-driven, citing past incidents of public confrontation. They urge restraint, given her public profile as an elected MLA.
The incident underscores the challenge of maintaining unity within the party while navigating differing perspectives on sensitive matters.