Ex-min­is­ter Kataria elected Ra­jasthan LOP

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FOR­MER home min­is­ter and Udaipur MLA Gu­lab Chand Kataria, 74, was on Sun­day unan­i­mously elected the leader of op­po­si­tion in the Ra­jasthan Leg­isla­tive As­sem­bly.

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

Kataria was elected as leader of op­po­si­tion (LOP) dur­ing the state BJP’S first meet­ing of the leg­isla­tive party 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 deputy leader of op­po­si­tion.

Kataria, an eight-time MLA and Rathore, a seven-time MLA are both ar­tic­u­late and ag­gres­sive and will keep a strong check on the Congress gov­ern­ment.

The party high com­mand is keen to de­velop a sec­ond lead­er­ship in the state BJP and if Raje is moved out then a re­vamp in the state unit is on the cards.

Talk­ing to the me­dia af­ter his elec­tion as LOP, 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 LS seats in the state. Kataria, will also be the pro-tem speaker to con­duct the first meet­ing of the as­sem­bly.

BJP leader Arun Singh said there was only one name for the post of LOP. 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.

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