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Vasundhara Raje in Delhi as lobbying for cabinet berth begins

HT Correspondent  Jaipur, May 19, 2014
First Published: 23:21 IST(19/5/2014) | Last Updated: 23:23 IST(19/5/2014)

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje met senior Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh leaders, BJP president Rajnath Singh and other party functionaries in New Delhi in connection with new developments in the party, including state leaders expectations of representation in the union cabinet, state cabinet expansion and candidates for bypoll.

Raje has been camping in Delhi since Sunday.

On Sunday, she met and congratulated PM designate Narendra Modi. Her son Dushyant Singh had also accompanied her during the visit.

According to sources, Raje met senior RSS Suresh Joshi and Indresh Kumar at Keshav Kunj on Monday.

Raje, who earlier did not share cordial relations with the RSS cadres, has been exchanging pleasantries with them after she was coronated as the party president last year. Her meeting with RSS leaders is said to be just a courtesy call.

But her meeting with Singh is reported to have extended to other issues including expansion of state cabinet and bypolls.

Four MLAs have been elected as MPs as such bypolls have to take place on four seats. Water resources minister Sanwar Lal Jat has also been elected as MP from Ajmer.

The cabinet expansion is expected to take place in the state immediately after formation of the Union cabinet. Raje had inducted nine cabinet ministers and three ministers of state in her cabinet formation on December 20. With 163 MLAs, there are a large number of contenders for ministerial berth in the state cabinet but the party has to strike a caste balance and other factors, including preferences of the party high command.

The newly elected MPs also met Raje and are reportedly lobbying hard for ministerial berths at the centre. After clean sweep on all 25 seats in the state, the state leadership is expecting ministerial berth to at least five MPs from the state. The front runner in this direction is Raje’s son Dushyant Singh, three times MP from Jhalawar-Baran. Other contenders for the berths are Arjun Ram Meghwal, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, former DGP Harish Chandra Meena, Sanwar Lal Jat, and Col (retd) Sonaram Choudhary.

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