Ra­jasthan high on po­lit­i­cal radar

The Asian Age - - Nation -

Once low on po­lit­i­cal radar in Delhi, the un­prece­dented at­ten­tion paid to Ra­jasthan sug­gests that the mother of all bat­tle in the up­com­ing As­sem­bly elec­tions in four states or may be five with pos­si­ble in­clu­sion of Te­lan­gana would be fought in the desert state.

The Bharatiya Janata Party ( BJP) des­per­ately wants to re­tain the power in the state known for throw­ing out party in power ev­ery five years whereas it feels ‘ safe’ in Mad­hya Pradesh and Ch­hat­tis­garh while the Congress fan­cies its chances here the most believ­ing strong an­ti­in­cum­bency against Va­sund­hara Raje gov­ern­ment.

BJP pres­i­dent Amit Shah and Congress pres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi have been fre­quently vis­it­ing what was once con­sid­ered a rel­a­tively less sig­nif­i­cant state po­lit­i­cally. Not any­more go­ing by back to back vis­its by both of them.

Mr. Shah was in Jaipur just five days ago to give a pep talk to party work­ers and in­ter­act with in­tel­lec­tu­als. He will be back to­mor­row for a three- day long trp. This time he will visit for­mer chief min­is­ter Ashok Gehlot’s home­town Jodh­pur fol­lowed by Bhilwara and Udaipur, the home turf of for­mer Union min­is­ter and AICC gen­eral sec­re­tary Dr. C P Joshi.

On his whirl­wind tour, Mr. Shah will ad­dress ‘ Shakti Ken­dra Sam­me­lan’ and divi­sion- level OBC sam­me­lan in Pali and ‘ Shakti Ken­dra Sam­me­lan’ and divi­sion level in­tel­lec­tu­als’ pro­gramme in Jodh­pur on September

16. The next day, he will go to Bhilwara. He will ad­dress party work­ers in Bhilwara on September

17. And, the fi­nal day would be spent in Na­gaur and Udaipur for sim­i­lar kind of meet­ings.

That’s not all. Mr Shah will be back on September 22nd, 26th and Oc­to­ber 4, to hold meet­ings for re­main­ing districts of Bharatpur, Kota and Bikaner and Jaipur divi­sions.

◗ The BJP des­per­ately wants to re­tain the power in the state known for throw­ing out party in power ev­ery five years.

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