Rajasthan high on political radar
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.