In a bid to finalize the names of remaining candidates for the upcoming state Assembly polls in Rajasthan, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP President J P Nadda held a marathon meeting with party leaders from the state.
The meeting, which lasted for nearly six hours, was attended by prominent leaders including former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
A Crucial Gathering of BJP Leaders
The meeting, held on Tuesday, saw the presence of key BJP leaders from Rajasthan, including Union ministers Pralhad Joshi, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, and Arjun Ram Meghwal, as well as Rajasthan BJP President C P Joshi.
With Union Minister Pralhad Joshi acting as the BJP’s election in-charge for Rajasthan, the discussions revolved around finalizing the remaining candidates for the November 25 state Assembly polls.
Following the meeting with Rajasthan BJP leaders, Amit Shah and JP Nadda held another round of deliberations with party leaders from Madhya Pradesh.
Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Union Minister Narendra Singh Tomar were among the leaders present in this discussion.
The saffron party has already announced the names of 41 candidates for the Rajasthan Assembly polls and 136 nominees for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, which are scheduled for November 17.
Speculations about Union Ministers Joining the Fray
There are speculations that the BJP may field some Union ministers, including Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and Arjun Ram Meghwal, as candidates in Rajasthan.
This move suggests the party’s intention to strengthen its position in the state. However, such decisions will be made based on various factors, including the demand and suitability of the candidates.
Amid a display of discontent by some party workers who were not given poll tickets, the BJP leadership has taken steps to address the grievances and soothe frayed nerves.
JP Nadda’s visit to the state prior to the meeting involved meeting a large number of party functionaries. The cohesive efforts by the leadership aim to ensure that the party stands united in its pursuit of victory.
Vasundhara Raje, the former Chief Minister of Rajasthan, holds considerable influence within the BJP.
Some of the contenders who were not fielded by the party are perceived to be close to Raje. This has led to speculations regarding her stance on the matter.
However, Raje has not publicly expressed any dissatisfaction, maintaining her stoic silence.
New Additions to the Party
During the visit of Pralhad Joshi and Arjun Ram Meghwal, the BJP witnessed the joining of Vishvaraj Singh Mewar, a descendant of Maharana Pratap Singh, and Bhawani Singh Kalvi, son of Karni Sena founder Lokendra Singh Kalvi.
These new additions to the party are expected to boost its support base and appeal to a wider audience.
In an effort to reassure Rajputs, the BJP has been actively engaging with the community. This comes after the criticism voiced by Narpat Singh Rajvi, a five-time MLA and son-in-law of party stalwart Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, following the denial of a ticket.
The party is determined to defeat the incumbent Congress in Rajasthan and retain power in Madhya Pradesh.
The marathon meeting between Amit Shah, JP Nadda, and key BJP leaders from Rajasthan holds immense significance in the party’s preparations for the state Assembly polls.
By finalizing the names of candidates and addressing discontent within the party, the BJP aims to present a united front in its bid for victory.
As the election dates draw closer, all eyes will be on Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh to see how these political developments unfold.