All Is Not Well In Ra­jasthan BJP

The Day After - - STATES / DIARY -

As the Va­sund­hara Raje gov­ern­ment in Ra­jasthan is inch­ing to­wards com­ple­tion of its ten­ure, the BJP’s tra­di­tional vote­bank Ra­jputs and Brah­mins look pretty miffed this time. “Why did the BJP not ap­point Ga­jen­dra Singh Shekhawat as the state party chief?” asks Giri­raj Singh Lot­wara, who heads the Shri Ra­jput Sabha (SRS) and has fa­mously called the BJP a “Bo­hut Jhoothi Party (very un­tru¬stwor­thy party)”. “Va­sund­hara was el­e­vated by Bha­iron Singh Shekhawat, a Ra­jput, but she op­posed Ga­jen­dra Singh’s el­e­va­tion on caste grounds. The party also treated se­nior leader Jaswant Singh with dis­re­spect and de­nied him a ticket in the 2014 gen­eral elec­tions.”

Ap­par­ently, the Brah­mins too are up­set. Af­ter MLA Ghan­shyam Ti­wari quit the BJP over al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion, high-hand­ed­ness and favouritism aga¬inst Va­sund­hara, mes­sages ac­cus­ing the party of dis­re­spect­ing Brah­mins were cir­cu­lated on Brah­min-dom­i­nated WhatApp groups like ‘Jai Parshu­ram Ji’.

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