The recent political history of Rajasthan has been of changing the government after every election, hence while BJP is considering its coming to power as certain this time, Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who is called the magician of politics, is trying hard to change the history by coming back to power. trying. Whose hard work will bear fruit or whose luck will shine will be known from the mandate on December 3. But if we look at the election mood this time, the winds seem to have changed. Talking about BJP, which is a strong contender for power, it seems very difficult for Vasundhara Raje to become the Chief Minister for the third time due to many strong contenders for the post of Chief Minister.
If seen, Vasundhara Raje has been the top leader of the party in Rajasthan for 20 years. She became the Chief Minister for the first time in 2003 and since then every election has been fought under her leadership, but this time the party has not made her the Chief Ministerial candidate. Vasundhara Raje had put a lot of pressure on the party high command to get the leadership, but when she did not get success in this, she insisted on getting BJP tickets to as many of her supporters as possible so that when the situation of government formation came, the name of the Chief Minister could be considered. More and more MLAs can stand in his support.
If we look at the way Vasundhara Raje had almost maintained distance from the party’s programs for the last five years, the party also kept her away from important decisions at the time of elections. Even in the recent Parivartan Yatras of BJP in Rajasthan, the role of Vasundhara Raje was not kept the same as before. The party high command knows that in the last elections in Rajasthan, people had raised slogans like ‘Modi Tujhse Bair Nahin, Vasundhara Teri Khair Nahin’, hence this time the elections are being fought on the face of Prime Minister Narendra Modi by avoiding giving leadership to Vasundhara Raje. . By fielding seven of its MPs in the assembly elections, BJP has given a clear indication that not only Vasundhara Raje but also other leaders with huge political stature are in the fray from the party in the assembly elections. Vasundhara Raje, who is in the race for the post of Chief Minister for the third time, is facing a lot of challenges this time from the young leaders of the party. Apart from this, it is also being told that it is very clear to the party that during the tenure of Satish Poonia as the Rajasthan BJP President, Vasundhara Raje had maintained distance from the party programs from 2019 to 2023 and not only Vasundhara but also her supporting leaders are also staying away from the party. Were maintaining distance from.
It is believed that if Vasundhara Raje does not get the post of Chief Minister, then she can put forward the name of her close leader Rajendra Rathore. Rajendra Rathore is currently the leader of opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly. He has been MLA for seven consecutive terms and has not lost any election since the 90s. He has been a cabinet minister in the state cabinet several times. Rajendra Rathore, who started his career as a student politician, has also worked under the leadership of former Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and is also counted among Vasundhara Raje’s close friends. Although Rajendra Rathore, established as a big Rajput leader, is the leader of the opposition, he never says that he is in the race for the post of Chief Minister. As the leader of the opposition, he strongly attacked the Ashok Gehlot government on law and order deficiencies and paper leak cases. This time he has been made a candidate from Taranagar assembly seat instead of Churu, but here too his chances of victory are strong because he has represented this seat once before. Besides, he is considered to have a good influence in this entire area due to which apart from Rajputs, he is also successful in getting the votes of Muslims and Jats.
Apart from this, Satish Poonia is also in the race for the post of Chief Minister. He was the state president of BJP in Rajasthan for three years but his entire tenure was spent as an opposition leader. As BJP President, he effectively played the role of the opposition and constantly cornered the Rajasthan government on various issues. In the beginning of 2023, he was removed from the post and CP Joshi was made the state BJP president, but Satish Poonia silently accepted the party’s decision. Jat leader Satish Poonia comes from Amer where he is considered to have a good influence. Presently he holds the post of Deputy Leader of Opposition in the Assembly. Although Satish Poonia became MLA for the first time in the last elections after losing several elections, but before this he had worked on various posts in Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha etc. and he is said to be close to the RSS. During his tenure as state BJP president, he never got along well with Vasundhara Raje. The relations between the two leaders had deteriorated further when Satish Poonia had removed some of Vasundhara’s supporters from the party on charges of indiscipline and started giving importance to Vasundhara’s opponents.
Apart from this, talking about CP Joshi, when the Chittorgarh MP was selected for the post of state BJP president in March this year, everyone was shocked. CP Joshi, who comes from the Brahmin community, is playing a very important role in this time’s assembly elections. As the party president, it is his responsibility to ensure that BJP comes to power, for this he is also working hard. CP Joshi is not only touring the entire state along with BJP National President JP Nadda and other senior leaders, but is also conducting the election campaign in coordination with the party organization. There is speculation that if BJP government is formed, then the leadership of the state may come into the hands of CP Joshi just as his name was put forward for the state BJP president.
Gajendra Singh Shekhawat
Talking about Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, he has risen rapidly in state politics in recent years. He is also considered a favorite of the party high command because he always targets Ashok Gehlot. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat comes from Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s home district Jodhpur and in the last Lok Sabha elections, he had defeated Chief Minister Gehlot’s son. The way Gajendra Singh Shekhawat often advocates the party’s side on behalf of BJP even on issues related to Rajasthan, it indicates that the party can give him a bigger role in the affairs of Rajasthan. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat’s name had also come up for the post of State BJP President but due to strong opposition from Vasundhara Raje, he was left behind. Even during Sachin Pilot’s rebellion in Rajasthan, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat’s name was among the BJP leaders whom Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot had accused of destabilizing the state government.
However, it remains to be seen whether if the BJP government is formed, only one of these five names will be given leadership or some new surprising name may come. However, the names of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and former Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore are also doing the rounds among the BJP’s candidates for the post of Chief Minister. Well…now all eyes are on December 3 when the public mandate will be revealed to everyone.