RA­JASTHAN’S ROYAL ROW

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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.

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