RAJE IS A VIC­TIM OF PRO­PA­GANDA

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RAJE has been a vic­tim of myths prop­a­gated metic­u­lously both within and out­side the BJP, some­thing which

Pilot has al­ready be­gun to face. The charge of in­ac­ces­si­bil­ity of Raje stands on the fact that she is the most trav­elled chief minister in the state. She spends most of her time in vis­it­ing ev­ery cor­ner of the state. Equally, farce is the charge of ar­ro­gance against her, spread mostly by the vested in­ter­ests whom she keeps at a dis­tance. Any­one who gets to meet her knows the warmth she dis­plays but the voices of ru­mour mon­grels have been stronger and more dam­ag­ing in Ra­jasthan.

Sim­i­larly, the al­le­ga­tions of "8 PM No CM" against Raje was not coined be­cause of her in­ac­ces­si­bil­ity but to run her down as a woman by link­ing her to liquor. Why? Be­cause she had hit liquor car­tels hard in the state end­ing its mo­nop­oly and thus raising the state's ex­cise revenue man­i­fold in 2004. This ended the share of many politi­cians cut­ting across the party lines in liquor sales.

Her vul­ner­a­bil­ity to such at­tacks was re­vealed again re­cently. Ashok Gehlot, who pre­tends to be sim­ple and soft-spo­ken, can get ex­posed in the hard fight of elec­tions. Gehlot, for­mer chief minister, who has never treated Raje with re­spect and at­tacks her per­son­ally and be­low the belt, shocked even the most foul-mouthed when he ac­cused Raje of try­ing to se­duce Amit Shah, na­tional BJP pres­i­dent.

Gehlot said Raje bent from the waist be­fore Shah ''Unko pat­tane ke Liye"' which meant, to se­duce Shah. The use of this of lan­guage made ev­ery­one in the BJP, in­clud­ing Raje and Shah, re­peat­edly raise this is­sue to cre­ate an im­pres­sion on how dif­fi­cult it is for a woman chief minister. Even Congress high com­mand asked Gehlot to pub­licly apol­o­gise which he fi­nally did but by then many re­alised the kind of lan­guage Gehlot was ca­pa­ble of us­ing against those he dis­agrees with.

Shock­ing ac­cu­sa­tions made against Raje

BJP chief Amit Shah also un­der at­tacks by op­po­si­tion.

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