Bharatiya Tribal Party

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Bharatiya Tribal Party
LeaderChhotubhai Vasava
FounderMaheshbhai Vasava
IdeologyTribal interest
Bhilistan statehood[1][2]
AllianceUnited Progressive Alliance (2018-2020)
AIMIM+ (2020-2022)
Seats in Rajasthan Legislative Assembly
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Election symbol
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Bharatiya Tribal Party (abbr. BTP) is a political party based in Gujarat, India. It was formed in 2017 by Chhotubhai Vasava and Maheshbhai Vasava.[3] The Election Commission of India allotted the Auto rickshaw symbol to BTP.[4]



Chhotu Vasava, an Adivasi ethnic Bhil tribal leader, was a member of the Janata Dal (United) (JD(U)) from 1990 to 2017. He left the party and founded the BTP ahead of the 2017 Gujarat Legislative Assembly election when JD(U) allied with the Bharatiya Janata Party.[5] It won 2 seats; Chhotubhai Vasava from Jhagadiya Assembly constituency and his son Mahesh Vasava from Dediapada Assembly constituency; in the 2017 Gujarat election.[5]

BTP formed the alliance with AIMIM in 2020 Gujarat panchayat election.[5] They announced an alliance with the AIMIM for the 2022 Gujarat Legislative Assembly election,[6] but it broke its alliance with AIMIM and allied with the Aam Aadmi Party in April 2022.[7] It again broke its alliance with AAP in September 2022 and announced contesting the state legislative elections by itself but lost its two seats.[8]


The BTP fought and won two seats Chorasi and Sagwara in the 2018 Rajasthan Legislative Assembly election.[9] It joined the Indian National Congress government, but withdrew its support in 2020.[10]

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  1. ^ "'White House' to be centre of Bhilistan movement!". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  2. ^ "Clamour for separate Saurashtra, Bhilistan to get louder". dna. 1 August 2013. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  3. ^ "Partywise Result". Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  4. ^ "Election Commission of India letter" (PDF). The Election Commission of India.
  5. ^ a b c "Nitish to campaign in Gujarat after BTP, JD(U) form pre-poll alliance". Deccan Herald. 7 November 2022. Retrieved 8 November 2022.
  6. ^ "AIMIM joins hands with Bhartiya Tribal Party to contest local polls in Gujarat". New Indian Express. 2 January 2021. Retrieved 7 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Arvind Kejriwal's AAP may seal first Gujarat alliance with Chhotu Vasava's BTP". Hindustan Times. 5 April 2022. Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  8. ^ "Bharatiya Tribal Party ends ties with AAP for Gujarat polls". The Indian Express. 13 September 2022. Retrieved 14 September 2022.
  9. ^ "राजस्थान चुनाव 2018 बी टी पी उम्मीदवारों की सूची: विजेता-उपविजेता उम्मीदवारों, निर्वाचन क्षेत्रों और मतों की पूरी सूची". (in Hindi). Retrieved 10 April 2022.
  10. ^ "Why Chhotubhai Vasava's Bharatiya Tribal Party withdrew support to Congress govt in Rajasthan". theprint. 15 December 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2021.

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