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BJP prepares to scrutinise prospective turncoats in Rajasthan

by | Oct 15, 2022 | India

A scrutiny committee comprising union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal and former Education Minister Vasudev Devnani to screen potential candidates at all levels
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New Delhi, October 14: While the dust remains to be settled in the succession war in the Rajasthan Congress, the BJP has upped the ante in anticipation of the emerging political equations. In expectation that streams of Congressmen would desire to join the saffron party as the assembly election dates come close, the BJP has set up a two member scrutiny committee comprising union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal and former Education Minister Vasudev Devnani to screen potential candidates at the district, block or state level.
While the state BJP might itself appear as a divided house at the moment, the central party leadership does not appear to be holding its horses in its efforts to annex Rajasthan in 2023, followed by a rich electoral harvest in the 2024 parliamentary elections.

In mid-November, the BJP has planned a statewide “Jan Aakrosh Yatra”, which will culminate with a rally at Jaipur on December 17 – coinciding with the completion of four years of the Ashok Gehlot government. National party leaders including BJP President JP Nadda are expected to address the Jaipur meeting. Rajasthan forms an important constituent of the BJP’s 2024 plans, as the saffron party had achieved maximum in the previous 2019 elections, when it had won all the 25 Lok Sabha seats in the state. For the moment, the BJP appears to be grappling with Vasundhara Raje versus the rest, but the party leadership hopes to overcome the problems in coming months. The situation of Congress infighting, apparently, has energised the BJP.
Often accused of having poached workers and leaders of other parties in the run up to elections, the BJP appears to be pursuing a circumspect approach in Rajasthan in respect of the potential joinees. In its understanding, three categories of individuals would be interested in joining the party in coming months: First, professionals with no previous political background. Second, former BJP workers. And third, the turncoats from the Congress or other parties. The joinees would be required to fill up an application, which will be vetted and finally approved by the state president, sources said.

Srinanda Jha
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Journalist by accident, rail, travel and political buff by choice - dissenter by compulsion. Interested in policy and governance.