Va­sund­hara Raje Reaches Out to Sangh

BJP to fi­nalise its first list of can­di­dates on Novem­ber 11

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics - Ri­tu­raj.Ti­wari@ times­group.com

Jaipur: Ra­jasthan chief min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje reached out to RSS func­tionar­ies at the Sangh state head­quar­ters in Jaipur on Di­wali eve ex­actly one month be­fore polling starts in the state on De­cem­ber 7. Her meet­ing with Sangh’s key func­tionar­ies in­clud­ing prant pracharak Nim­baram and co-pracharak Shailen­dra is likely to garner po­lit­i­cal gains for BJP in the up­com­ing elec­tions.

The rul­ing party, grap­pling with mas­sive anti-in­cum­bency, would need RSS sup­port to be voted back to power for a sec­ond term — a feat no in­cum­bent gov­ern­ment has been able to achieve in last 25 years.

This in­for­mal meet­ing is also sig­nif­i­cant in view of the pro­posed meet­ing of BJP’s par­lia­men­tary board on Novem­ber 11, where the party is likely to fi­nalise its first list of can­di­dates for Ra­jasthan.

“The or­gan­i­sa­tion of RSS is very strong in Ra­jasthan. BJP has been gain­ing from its cadre in all elec­tions. Since anti-in­cum­bency fac­tor is very strong, Sangh sup­port be­comes even more vi­tal,” said a BJP leader. RSS chief Mo­han Bhag­wat vis­ited Ra­jasthan sev­eral times in past few months to mo­bilise RSS lead­ers and cadre at ground level. BJP chief Amit Shah has also held meet­ings with RSS func- tionar­ies, in­clud­ing Bhag­wat, to draw strate­gies for vic­tory in Ra­jasthan.

“Raje doesn’t en­joy a warm re­la­tion­ship with the Sangh. In the by­polls early this year, Raje fielded can­di­dates in Al­war and Ajmer Lok Sabha seats with­out any con­sul­ta­tion with RSS. The Sangh, then, dis­tanced it­self from the elec­tions and BJP had to suf­fer se­vere de­feat,” said a Sangh func­tionary.

In the up­com­ing elec­tions, BJP is said to have con­sulted RSS over can­di­dates in a large num­ber of seats. Sangh is also said to have started can­vass­ing in BJP’s favour.

“The can­vass­ing will in­ten­sify once tick­ets are an­nounced. BJP is likely to give more than 50% tick­ets to lead­ers with RSS back­ground. This will help BJP syn­chro­nise its cam­paign with Sangh,” said a se­nior BJP leader.

SANGH OF­FI­CIAL SAID

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