BJP’s national general secretary and in-charge of Rajasthan Arun Singh also congratulated Vasundhara Raje on her birthday after reaching Salasar at night after participating in the program in Jaipur. Arun Singh’s arrival at Vasundhara’s program was just a damage control by the BJP high command.
In Rajasthan, senior BJP leader and former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has made her power felt in the Salasar Balaji temple area of Churu district on the pretext of celebrating her birthday. In a way, this is being seen by Vasundhara Raje as a direct challenge to the BJP high command and its opponents. Although Vasundhara Raje’s birthday falls on March 8. But four days back, he has made us feel his power by organizing a big public meeting in Salasar of Shekhawati area on the pretext of his birthday. Vasundhara Raje chose the same day to celebrate her birthday when the assembly was to be gheraoed by the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha in Jaipur. The program to gherao the assembly was being sponsored by the state BJP. Parallel to that, the program of Vasundhara Raje tells a different story.
After losing the 2018 assembly elections, Vasundhara Raje has become an outcast in the party. She is also often absent in big party programs. Vasundhara’s opponents are full in the state BJP organization too. Even BJP state president Satish Poonia is considered to be in the anti-Vasundhara camp. Satish Poonia, who came from the background of Vidyarthi Parishad, is close to Rashtriya Swayam Sangh and has worked on various positions in the organization over the years. Coming from the Jat community, Punias are very popular in Rajasthan BJP because of their gentle image. Because of this, Vasundhara Raje does not like Pooni.
Rajasthan assembly elections are to be held at the end of this year. In such a situation, Vasundhara Raje feels that if she is neglected in the elections in the same way, then her political dominance will end. Due to this apprehension, she is trying hard to come into the mainstream of BJP. Salasar’s program is also a part of this episode. Vasundhara Raje wants that in the next assembly elections, the party high command should once again project her as a leader and contest the elections. So that he can become the Chief Minister again if he wins the election. But the BJP high command does not want to contest elections by projecting Vasundhara Raje as a leader under any circumstances. This has been openly expressed by the party high command.
The BJP high command wants a new leadership to come forward in Rajasthan. Vasundhara Raje has played a long innings in the politics of Rajasthan. In such a situation, by promoting new leaders in their place, the party will get new leadership in the coming times. Under this thinking, BJP high command in the state like Satish Poonia, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Kailash Chaudhary, Diya Kumari, Jogeshwar Garg, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Ramlal Sharma, Madan Dilawar, Anita Bhadel, Om Birla, CP Joshi, Swami Sumedhanand Saraswati and Ashwini Vaishnav Promoting new and young faces.
Gulabchand Kataria, who was the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly, has also been made the Governor of Assam under the same thinking. So that new leadership can emerge in Udaipur division in his place. The way many senior leaders including former Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel were denied tickets in the Gujarat assembly elections and new people were given a chance in their place. On the same lines, the party high command wants to bring changes in Rajasthan as well.
During the next assembly elections, where the tickets for the over-age MLAs are believed to be cut. Along with that, tickets of many such leaders will also be cut whose performance in their field is not considered good. It also includes the names of many current MLAs who are supporters of Vasundhara Raje. Vasundhara’s supporters are worried about this. Vasundhara Raje’s supporter Bhawani Singh Rajawat was denied ticket from Ladpura in the last assembly election and Maharani Kalpana Devi of Kota was made BJP candidate in her place. Which also won the election. Now Bhavani Singh Rajawat has no field to contest.
In such a situation, if the tickets of other leaders who are supporters of Vasundhara are also cut, then there will be no option left for them to contest the elections. Vasundhara supporters know that they all win elections not on their own but on the party’s symbol. In such a situation, if he does not have the symbol of the party, then there will be no question of winning the election. Vasundhara Raje has given an open message to the party high command by holding a rally on the pretext of her birthday that her strength should not be underestimated. His mass base is still intact in the state. About two dozen MLAs including Ganganagar MP Nihalchand Meghwal, Churu MP Rahul Kaswan, Jaipur MP Ramcharan Bohra, Jhalawar MP and his son Dushyant Singh, Tonk Sawai Madhopur MP Sukhbir Jaunpuria, Karauli-Dhaulpur MP Manoj Rajoria, many former ministers participated in Vasundhara Raje’s program. , Ex-MLA, Ex-MP also participated.
However, BJP’s national general secretary and in-charge of Rajasthan, Arun Singh, reached Salasar at night after attending the program in Jaipur and congratulated Vasundhara Raje on her birthday. Arun Singh’s arrival at Vasundhara’s program was just a damage control by the BJP high command. The BJP high command wants Vasundhara Raje to be kept hanging like this till the elections. So that he could not take any step apart from the party. But Vasundhara Raje is fully aware that whatever she has to do has to be done before the elections. After the announcement of elections, they will not have much option left.
In her Salasar rally, Vasundhara Raje praised former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former Chief Minister Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. He even described Bhairon Singh Shekhawat as his political guru, by holding whose finger he learned to walk in politics. But the people of the state know how Vasundhara Raje had given Guru Dakshina to Bhairon Singh Shekhawat in his last days. At one time the circumstances had become such that Bhairon Singh Shekhawat had even announced to contest the elections as an independent.
Overall, Vasundhara Raje has made her feel her strength by mobilizing her supporters in Salasar. However, supporters of Vasundhara, former state president Ashok Parnami and former minister Yunus Khan were claiming to gather a crowd of one lakh before the meeting. But people could not gather in Vasundhara Raje’s meeting as expected. Due to which he also realized that time is running out of his hands. Along with this, the number of supporters is also gradually decreasing.
Senior leader Chandraraj Singhvi says that no leader with Vasundhara can win the election on his own. Everyone is worried about party tickets. The day the party will act strictly, on the same day everyone except Vasundhara Raje will be seen standing in the party line. Whether Vasundhara Raje can become the Chief Minister again or not, it will be known only after the elections. This time if Vasundhara Raje fails to become the Chief Minister, then along with that her political supremacy will also end. However, the game of checkmate between the BJP high command and Vasundhara Raje continues.
Ramesh Sarraf Dhamora
(The author is a freelance journalist accredited by the Government of Rajasthan. His articles continue to be published in many newspapers of the country.)