Voting in Rajasthan is round, Bashundhara Raje is active but BJP is silent

The last week of March saw some surprises in Rajasthan politics after former Chief Minister Bashundhara Raje appeared on stage at the swearing-in ceremony of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. This was further exacerbated by the absence of five state assembly election campaigns as well as major events such as the Rajasthan by-elections and important party meetings.

Raj’s media team proudly shared photos of the swearing-in ceremony where he was seen standing with the saffron party elders, the video of the ceremony which later went viral told a different story.

In the video, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and National President JP Nadda are seen moving forward without greeting Raje. Later, Raje himself met Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh and Naddar. But he did not go to Shah.

The video became the talk of the town and the former chief minister’s disagreement with the politics of the desert state and the high command was again discussed everywhere.

His absence from the campaign was also discussed in the five states where assembly elections were held – Punjab, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur.

Therefore, his sudden appearance at the swearing-in ceremony has raised eyebrows of many.

Later, questions were raised after Raj’s media team actively shared the news of his next meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24. However, no news of the meeting or any update came from Modi’s Twitter handle which usually shares pictures of his meeting with senior leaders. .

Pictures of Raj waiting for his meeting with Modi at the Parliament House have been circulating on social media and at the Bashundhara party office. However, the wait was over to see the pictures of his meeting with Modi which did not come.

The story of his meeting with Rajnath Singh and Nadda was similar.

Although Raj’s party shared pictures of his meeting with Rajnath and Nadda with the media, neither leader shared any mention of their meeting with Raj on their Twitter handles.

Finally, the Raj’s meeting raises questions about the silence of senior leaders in Delhi at a time when there is a lot of fuss in Rajasthan over these high-level meetings.

Raj’s differences with state agencies were secret because he was absent from many meetings and programs. But recently, at a meeting of legislators before the start of the assembly session, he was quite vocal and expressed his displeasure at the party’s silence during the attack on his son’s residence.

The BJP lost a seat in the local elections in Baran after learning of the cross-voting, which led to agitated party workers throwing stones at the residence of Dushyant Singh (Raj’s son and MP). However, the team has quietly ordered an investigation.

State party workers have confirmed that Raje is inconsistent about his presence at the main event and that is why there are such questions. In fact, when the BJP won elections in four states, he did not even attend the celebrations at the state party headquarters. She and her son were celebrating success alone. He also attended any major party program in the state.

“Assembly elections in Rajasthan are going to be held towards the end of 2023 and in such a situation there is a quarrel in the party over the face of the Chief Minister. The central leadership is planning to give him a role in central politics to end the feud in the state BJP. Although Raje is actively meeting with leaders these days, their silence at his meetings tells a different story, “a senior leader told IANS.

In Rajasthan, the BJP wants a strong party to challenge the Gehlot government, but is ashamed to announce the chief minister’s face. Earlier, Shah had visited Rajasthan, at which time he had announced that he would contest the elections without announcing the face of the Chief Minister. He made it clear that the next election will be led by Modi.

So everyone’s eyes are now on the future role of the king. Although he has become active in the last few days, how long will this activity last? Will he be exploited in Delhi or given another chance in the desert? How will his son be given a place in the politics of Rajasthan as Modi has spoken and acted against the politics of Rajasthan during the recent UP elections?

These are some of the angry questions discussed in the political circles here, but the answers seem to be coming from Delhi, so let’s wait and see, says a senior member of the party.

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