RAJASTHAN’S ROYAL ROW
The cold war between Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje and BJP president Amit Shah has the state unit abuzz here. The latest tussle is over the post of state BJP chief. The incumbent, Ashok Parnani, was asked by the high command to quit on April 16 but Raje successfully blocked two candidates for the post—Union ministers of state Gajendra Shekhawat and Arjun Meghwal. She sent her senior ministers and influential MLAs to Delhi to convince the party leadership that the appointment could upset the state’s delicate caste balance. A temporary truce took place after Raje’s meeting with Shah in Delhi. The state party unit reorganisation and cabinet reshuffle now stand postponed till the Karnataka election results are declared. Parnani, meanwhile, continues as the state BJP chief.