Kataria, Raje likely to con­test Lok Sabha polls

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Region - HT Cor­re­spon­dent

JAIPUR: For­mer home min­is­ter and Udaipur MLA Gu­lab Chand Kataria was on Sun­day unan­i­mously elected the leader of op­po­si­tion in the Ra­jasthan Leg­isla­tive Assem­bly.

The 74-year-year Udaipur leg­is­la­tor will also be sworn in as the pro-tem speaker on Mon­day for ad­min­is­ter­ing oath to the newly elected MLAS in the assem­bly ses­sion be­gin­ning Jan­uary 15.

The move has strength­ened spec­u­la­tion that for­mer chief min­is­ter Va­sund­hara Raje will now be shifted to na­tional pol­i­tics. She is likely to con­test the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Kataria was elected as the leader of op­po­si­tion (LOP) dur­ing first meet­ing of the BJP leg­is­la­tors on Sun­day.

Raje pro­posed Kataria’s name in the meet­ing and it was unan­i­mously sec­onded by the MLAS.

For­mer par­lia­men­tary af­fairs min­is­ter and Churu MLA Ra­jen­dra Rathore was nom­i­nated as the deputy leader of op­po­si­tion.

Kataria, an eight-time MLA and Rathore, a seven-time MLA, are both known for their ar­tic­u­late and ag­gres­sive na­ture. Their elec­tions sug­gest that Bharatiya Janata Party high com­mand is keen on de­vel­op­ing a sec­ond lead­er­ship in the state.

Talk­ing to the me­dia after his elec­tion as the leader of op­po­si­tion, Kataria said, “We will play the role of op­po­si­tion for the next five years and be the voice of peo­ple in the state.”

He said the party will work to rec­tify short­com­ings and try to win all 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state.kataria, will also be the pro­tem speaker to con­duct the first meet­ing of the newly elected assem­bly.

BJP na­tional gen­eral sec­re­tary Arun Singh said there was only one name for the post of leader of op­po­si­tion.

He said the Con­gress gov­ern­ment did not have clear man­date and there was a need to keep a check on the gov­ern­ment.

He said the gov­ern­ment has made tall prom­ises, but there is no clar­ity on the an­nounce­ment of farm loan waiver or when the un­em­ploy­ment dole will be given to un­em­ployed youth.

Union HRD min­is­ter and party’s poll in-charge for Ra­jasthan Prakash Javadekar, na­tional spokesper­son Sud­han­shu Trivedi and party state pres­i­dent Madan Lal Saini were present in the meet­ing.

Kataria has done his post grad­u­a­tion and also holds B Ed and LLB de­grees.

He has once also been the state party pres­i­dent.



Raje greets newly elected deputy leader of op­po­si­tion Ra­jen­dra Singh Rathore at party of­fice on Sun­day.

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