The BJP will overhaul the Rajasthan unit before the 2023 elections, for which it is planning a new role

If the BJP does not announce its chief ministerial candidate for Rajasthan, there is no guarantee that Bashundhara Raje will be made the chief minister, a senior leader said. (File photo: PTI)

It was felt that placing Bashundhara Raje at the center would allow the BJP to curb any discontent and focus on defeating the Congress. The BJP has decided not to announce the name of any chief minister before the 2023 elections

With Rajasthan going to the polls next year, BJP is considering giving former chief minister and senior leader Bashundhara Raje Scindia a place at the center, paving the way for new leadership in the state, according to sources.

Raj’s recent visit to Delhi to meet the top leadership is being seen as part of the exercise, sources added.

The BJP wants a complete overhaul of the state leadership a year before the Assembly elections to take a strong stand against the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress.

A senior BJP leader has said that the party has decided not to announce any chief ministerial candidate or candidate in the 2023 assembly elections and will contest in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“If the chief minister’s face is not announced, there is no guarantee that he will be made the chief minister. The Center also does not want its chances of victory in the state to be ruined. The only thing he can negotiate is to accept what the Center gives him and secure his son’s future, “said the senior BJP leader.

It was felt that giving Raje a place at the center would allow the party to pull the reins of any dissent and focus on defeating the Congress.

BJP national president JP Nadda will be in Sawai Madhopur on April 2 to attend the ST Morcha conference. The BJP is eyeing East Rajasthan and its influential tribal voters.

Rajasthan has 200 assembly seats and Congress was able to win 100 seats in 2018. Sources further said that leadership problems in the state BJP are one of the reasons for the party losing important states.

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