Rajasthan: The bitter defeat of the BJP in the Rajasthan by-polls appears to have triggered the Murphy’s law for Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. Calls for Raje’s ouster that had begun to emanate soon after the bypoll verdict now appear to be gaining ground ahead of the Rajasthan Assembly elections scheduled for later this year. In the latest development, head of the BJP’s Kota district OBC wing, Ashok Choudhary, has written to BJP president Amit Shah urging him to replace Raje as the party’s chief ministerial candidate in the upcoming elections. As per media reports, Choudhary has highlighted the “unhappiness spreading among BJP members” due to Raje’s working style.
Outlining what he termed as “dissatisfaction” amongst various sections of society, including farmers, Choudhary, in his letter, wrote, “The people of the state are not happy with Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s style of functioning. The party workers are losing confidence due to her working style,” as per media reports. Alerting the BJP chief, Choudhary, said in the letter, that if things continue in the present way, a defeat in the upcoming Assembly elections will be inevitable. Choudhary confirmed writing the letter to the Indian Express saying ‘each and every word in the letter is that of the party workers’.
In the letter, Choudhary also attacked the party’s Rajasthan chief Ashok Parnami and called him a ‘slave’ to Raje. He added that if the BJP has to win the upcoming elections, the replacement of the two (state party chief Parnami and CM Raje) is necessary. He also accused the two of falling into the bureaucracy ‘trap (IAS, IPS, RAS, RPS)’ in the letter,
The BJP had lost Ajmer, Alwar, and Mandalgarh constituencies in the bypolls to Congress. The sheer victory margin of the Congress was evidence to the looming threat of a defeat for the saffron party in the upcoming assembly elections.