The “silence” of senior BJP chief Vasundhara Raje Scindia on the political developments in Rajasthan is usually a “technique”, 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 making an attempt 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 outdoors.
“He has been unable to digest that I defeated his son in Lok Sabha elections and is making an attempt every thing towards me, by some means 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 within the state, he (Gehlot) desires to eradicate Sachin (Pilot) and others from the occasion. He’s blaming the BJP for this complete disaster and making an attempt to tarnish the picture of its management,” Mr Shekhawat mentioned.
When requested about former chief minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia being largely silent on the problem, Mr Shekhawat mentioned, “Nicely Vasundharaji’s silence is usually a technique and generally silence is louder than phrases.”
He, nevertheless, 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 had been talking on the problem and attacking the Congress.
Per week later, she had posted a few tweets saying some folks had been making an attempt to create confusion on the political developments within the state and insisted that she stands along with her occasion and its ideology.
Her remarks got here within the backdrop of Nagaur MP and Rashtriya Loktantrik Occasion convener Hanuman Beniwal accusing her of getting an “inside alliance” with Mr Gehlot.
Mr Beniwal has been a critic of Ms Raje and had left the BJP in 2018 earlier than meeting elections.
Variations 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 finally 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 reveals 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 mentioned that he and Sachin weren’t speaking to one another for greater than a yr and half, then it tells you your complete story.”
“With MLAs being shifted to Jaisalmer in a fortress, it clearly reveals that the chief minister would not belief his personal MLAs and moderately than tackling the coronavirus disaster, he’s battling to maintain his home so as. It additionally reveals that the federal government lacks majority,” he mentioned.
Sadly, 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 College in 1992 and thereafter was related to varied 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.