Jamnagar: Rivaba Solanki, the wife of Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Gujarat’s Jamnagar on Sunday in the presence of senior party leaders. The appointment came a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Jamnagar. Before joining the BJP, Rivaba headed the Mahila wing of Karni Sena in Gujarat. The Karni Sena was involved in staging protests during the release of movie Padmaavat in 2018. An outfit for Rajputs, the organisation, was a major cause of disruption of public life during January while protesting the release of the film, Padmaavat.
Rivaba’s induction into the saffron party comes months after she along with Ravindra Jadeja met Modi at his official residence in New Delhi.
While the BJP had secured all the 26 Lok Sabha seats in Gujarat in 2014, the Congress failed to open its account in PM Modi’s home turf.