Raje’s solution

Sunday Express - - INDIA - MANISHANAND

EVEN as scores of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leg­is­la­tors from Ra­jasthan made their way to Delhi on Satur­day to se­cure their can­di­dacy in the up­com­ing Assem­bly polls on De­cem­ber 7, sources in the party said Chief Min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje has come up with a new for­mula in her list of 140 can­di­dates in which she has pro­posed to change con­stituen­cies of about a dozen sit­ting leg­is­la­tors.

Amid on­go­ing dif­fer­ences with the saf­fron party’s na­tional pres­i­dent Amit Shah, sources said Raje pitched for drop­ping no more than 30 MLAs of the to­tal 163 in the state screen­ing meet­ing held at the res­i­dence of Union Min­is­ter and state elec­tion in-charge Prakash Javdekar.

The party’s Cen­tral Elec­tion Com­mit­tee (CEC) is sched­uled to meet on Sun­day evening to con­sider the list even while the last date of fil­ing nom­i­na­tions is Novem­ber 19. Dif­fer­ences be­tween Raje and Shah had re­port­edly de­layed de­lib­er­a­tions over can­di­dates ear­lier.

“Fol­low­ing up on di­rec­tions from the BJP chief to come out with a fresh list of can­di­dates in tune with the ground assess­ment re­port, the CM has sub­mit­ted a list 140 nom­i­nees out of the to­tal 200 seats in the state. She has favoured chang­ing con­stituen­cies of sev­eral sit­ting leg­is­la­tors against whom there are ad­verse re­ports which had been pre­pared on the ba­sis of the feed­back of the party work­ers. She’s ready to drop 30 sit­ting leg­is­la­tors,” said a se­nior BJP func­tionary, who was privy to the par­leys dur­ing the screen­ing com­mit­tee meet­ing.

Sources added that MLAs who Chief Min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje has come up with a new for­mula in her list of 140 can­di­dates in which she has pro­posed to change con­stituen­cies of about a dozen sit­ting leg­is­la­tors. Amid on­go­ing dif­fer­ences with the saf­fron party’s na­tional pres­i­dent Amit Shah, sources said Raje pitched for drop­ping no more than 30 MLAs of the to­tal 163 in the state.

were com­ing in, flocked to meet with Rashtriya Swayam­se­vak Sangh (RSS) chief Mo­han Bhag­wat at the Jhan­de­walan head­quar­ters of the um­brella saf­fron out­fit.

How­ever, sev­eral other sources said Shah has pre­pared a sep­a­rate list for the state by en­list­ing the ser­vices of Union Min­is­ter of state Ga­jen­dra Singh Shekhawat.

They added that Raje is brac­ing to pro­tect the nom­i­na­tions of at least 70 sit­ting leg­is­la­tors who are known to be her staunch sup­port­ers.

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