The Asian Age

RA­JASTHAN BYPOLLS

BJP calm, Cong finds go­ing tough

- SAN­JAY BOHRA

While the rul­ing BJP is cool, calm and con­fi­dent about by­elec­tions to four Assem­bly seats in the Ra­jasthan Assem­bly, the Op­po­si­tion Congress is work­ing hard to put up a tough chal­lenge.

Dis­play­ing con­fi­dence that her party will win the Assem­bly bypolls, Ra­jasthan chief min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje is to leave for Sin­ga­pore on Septem­ber 6, ex­actly a week be­fore polling. She is ex­pected to re­turn on Septem­ber 12, just a day be­fore vot­ing day.

Ms Raje has planned this trip to at­tract business and in­vest­ment. In­ter­est­ingly, ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Kalicha­ran Saraf, who had gone to Mount Abu on hol­i­day with fam­ily, had to rush to Weir after get­ting an ear­ful from the CM who was re­port­edly angry that Mr Saraf chose to hol­i­day in the hills rather than cam­paign for the elec­tions.

Ms Raje’s con­fi­dence comes from the fact that if the party loses all four seats it would still not af­fect the sta­bil­ity of her gov­ern­ment. The BJP has 163 MLAs well above the re­quired majority. The other rea­son may be that Ms Raje and her party ex­pect the hon­ey­moon pe­riod to con­tinue for a while as the BJP gov­ern­ment is only nine months old and had barely three months ago won all 25 LS seats. The Congress is leav­ing no stone un­turned to win th­ese seats and to cre­ate an im­pres­sion that the peo­ple are dis­en­chanted with the BJP gov­ern­ment.

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