The “silence” of senior BJP chief Vasundhara Raje Scindia on the political developments in Rajasthan is usually a “strategy”, her occasion colleague and Union Minister Gajendra Shekhawat mentioned on Sunday.
In an interview to PTI, Mr Shekhawat, who has been accused by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot of attempting to topple his authorities, additionally alleged that it was the Congress chief who had orchestrated the political “drama” within the state to focus on his rivals within the occasion and out of doors.
“He has been unable to digest that I defeated his son in Lok Sabha elections and is trying everything against me, by hook or by crook to avenge his defeat,” mentioned Mr Shekhawat, who represents Jodhpur and had defeated Vaibhav Gehlot within the 2019 Lok Sabha election by greater than 2.74 lakh votes.
Underlining that the BJP has nothing to do with the political disaster in Rajasthan, Mr Shekhawat maintained that it’s the fallout of the infighting within the Congress involving Mr Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot.
“With this ongoing drama in the state, he (Gehlot) wants to eliminate Sachin (Pilot) and others from the party. He is blaming the BJP for this entire crisis and trying to tarnish the image of its leadership,” Mr Shekhawat mentioned.
When requested about former chief minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia being largely silent on the difficulty, Mr Shekhawat mentioned, “Well Vasundharaji’s silence can be a strategy and sometimes silence is louder than words.”
He, nonetheless, refused to elaborate.
When the Gehlot-Pilot feud spilled into the open, Ms Raje, a two-time chief minister, maintained a conspicuous silence although all different BJP leaders from the state have been talking on the difficulty and attacking the Congress.
Per week later, she had posted a few tweets saying some folks have been attempting to create confusion on the political developments within the state and insisted that she stands together with her occasion and its ideology.
Her remarks got here within the backdrop of Nagaur MP and Rashtriya Loktantrik Party convener Hanuman Beniwal accusing her of getting an “internal alliance” with Mr Gehlot.
Mr Beniwal has been a critic of Ms Raje and had left the BJP in 2018 earlier than meeting elections.
Differences between Raje and the occasion’s central management over the appointment of BJP’s Rajasthan unit chief in 2018 had delayed it for greater than two months and ultimately a consensus was reached on the title of Madan Lal Saini.
After the occasion misplaced the final Rajasthan meeting elections, Ms Raje was appointed as vice-president of the BJP.
Mr Shekhawat alleged that the chief minister shifting the MLAs to Jaisalmer exhibits that he doesn’t belief them and the federal government lacks majority.
Asserting that there was a “vertical spilt” within the state authorities for the reason that Congress got here to energy within the state in 2018, he mentioned, “When the CM himself had said that he and Sachin were not talking to each other for more than a year and half, then it tells you the entire story.”
“With MLAs being shifted to Jaisalmer in a fortress, it clearly shows that the chief minister doesn’t trust his own MLAs and rather than tackling the coronavirus crisis, he is battling to keep his house in order. It also shows that the government lacks majority,” he mentioned.
Unfortunately, harmless folks of the state are paying the value for the infighting within the Congress, the BJP chief mentioned.
Gajendra Shekhawat, a second-time MP from Jodhpur, is the Union Jal Shakti Minister.
He began his profession as a scholar chief from Jodhpur University in 1992 and thereafter was related to numerous RSS-backed organisations. He carefully labored with former chief minister and late BJP chief Bhairon Singh Shekhawat within the 1993 meeting polls in Rajasthan.
He got here into prominence for his work as basic secretary of Seema Jan Kalyan Samiti, a Sangh-backed outfit working in border areas of Rajasthan.