‘Team Rajasthan’ is BJP’s new buzzword, to make up for missing CM face in 2023 elections
New Delhi: Repeated claims by Union Minister Bhupender Yadav about the ‘Rajasthan team’ forming government in 2023 have rocked political circles in the state, with BJP leaders interpreting it as an indication of reluctance party to declare two-term chief minister Vasundhara Raje as his face for the assembly elections.
Raje disagreed with the BJP high command and did not attend party meetings. Despite being the state’s largest BJP leader with a mass base, the party’s high command in Delhi seeks to promote a new generation of leaders.
Speaking to meetings as part of his Jan Ashirwad Yatra in Rajasthan last weekend, Yadav, likeleader of the BJP and party strategist, said that the elections will be contested under the leadership of state president Satish Poonia although he sidestepped the issue of nominating the chief ministerial candidate when questioned by reporters.
At a rally on August 20, Yadav said that in polls recently organized by the panchayati raj, the state BJP has worked hard and achieved good results under the leadership of “Team Rajasthan”.
“The Panchayati Raj elections were held recently. Our president of state is sitting here; under his leadership, the “Rajasthan team” worked hard and came out victorious, ”Yadav said at the rally in Ajmer’s Kishangarh.
“Satish PooniaI have talked about forming a BJP government in 2023, and I can say it with full responsibility, and I know the media are also taking note, that in 2023, under this Rajasthan team, we are going to form the government with the three quarters majority “, he added.
“Our state BJP team under the leadership of our state president should ensure that we win the next election and strengthen the dreams of Prime Minister Modi.
According to a senior BJP leader, Yadav mentioned state BJP on several occasions at various gatherings.
Addressing a rally in Alwar district on August 19, Yadav said a wave of change had started in Rajasthan and Ashok Gehlot’s government would be swept away by the “tsunami of change”.
“The enthusiasm of Team Rajasthan under the leadership of State President Satish Poonia shows that the wave of change has started in Rajasthan,” he said.
But the BJP downplayed the importance of the remarks.
Asked about the face of the CM, at a press conference in Ajmer on August 21, Yadav said such decisions would be taken by the party’s parliamentary council.
“BhupenderI have commended the work related to Covid-19 carried out under the leadership of Satish Pooniaji. At the same time, the state unit carried out the work of the opposition satisfactorily. We have raised public issues. So his statements were about that, ”said Ram Lal Sharma, chief spokesperson for Rajasthan BJP.
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The remarks come amid a growing loophole
The Union Minister’s statements, however, are gaining momentum and sparked a new debate as they come at a time when the Rajasthan BJP is battling factionalism due to the disagreement between Raje and the party high command in Delhi. .
“Raje is also aware of the politics at play and has ensured her presence by being visible on the posters of the Jan Ashirwad Yatra,” said a second BJP leader.
“While ministers, including Arjun Meghwal, Kailash Chaudhary and Gajendra Shekhawat, and other senior leaders attended the rallies, Raje did not attend. Her supporters want her declared as the face of CM.
Many in Rajasthan BJP claim that Raje is trying to run a “parallel system” by focusing only on her and not on the party.
In January, supporters of Raje had formed the “Vasundhara Raje Samarthak Manch Rajasthan”, and demanded that she be declared head of the party ministry for the 2023 elections.
If the Rajasthan BJP decides to challenge the faceless CM elections, it will be the second state unit to do so.
In July this year, the BJP announced that it would run in the 2023 legislative elections in Chattisgarh without declaring a chief ministerial candidate. Many in the party saw it as a major setback for former chief minister Raman Singh.
ThePrint had reported earlier that the announcement came from the national secretary general of the BJP and the head of Chhattisgarh, D. Purandeshwari.
“We will only reach out to people with developmental problems during the next assembly ballots. Development will be our face and development will be a key issue. The chief minister will be decided by the party after that, ”Purandeshwari said when addressing the media in Raipur.
(Edited by Arun Prashanth)
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