Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Friday held a meeting with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders and workers in Barmer and took their feedback over various issues.
While all MLAs and local leaders were present, Sheo MLA Manvendra Singh did not attend the meeting, indicating that his relation with Raje has not improved.
Manvendra is the son of senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who was denied the party ticket in the 2013 assembly elections. Since then the ties between the two leaders have been frosty. Ahead of Raje’s visit, a few of Jaswant Singh’s supporters had tried to put up his posters with her picture, but were stopped by police.
Raje is on a three-day visit to Barmer, which is being promoted under ‘Aapka Zila, Aapki Sarkar’. She reached Barmer around noon at the Utarlai Air force station, where revenue minister Amararam Choudhary and Barmer MP Col Sonaram Choudhary and MP Ramcharan Bohra welcomed her. BJP MP Sonaram Choudhary was largely absent during preparations for the visit and reached Barmer only on Thursday. Both Manvendra Singh and Col. Sonaram were unavailable for comments.
Raje then went to Cairn Enterprise Centre (CEC), where besides interacting with the rural youth, she saw various skill development programmes being run there. Raje visited various stalls and interacted with women masons.
“The chief minister was delighted to interact with the youth and learnt about various career opportunities through various skills development initiatives being taken at Cairn Enterprise Centre,” said Ritu Jhingon, general manager, CSR, Cairn India.