Shekhawat's absence will hurt BJP in Rajasthan polls: Girija Vyas

Rajasthan Pradesh Congress president Girija Vyas has said the absence of Vice President Shekhawat from active politics would hurt BJP.

india Updated: Nov 19, 2003 11:07 IST

Rajasthan Pradesh Congress president Girija Vyas on Wednesday said the absence of Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat from active politics would hurt BJP in the state assembly elections and exuded confidence that her party would retain power.

"In the absence of Shekhawat, BJP will suffer internal conflict and the party organisation would scatter... Only Shekhawat had the ability to hold the warring factions in BJP together," PCC President told PTI in Jaipur.

Pointing out, however, that Congress had defeated BJP even under the leadership of Shekhawat, who has kept out of party politics since assuming the office of Vice President, Vyas said, "The issue was not as to how much Congress would be benefited... It is how much BJP would suffer."

She said that Rama Pilot, party candidate and wife of late Rajesh Pilot, would tie down BJP state unit president Vasundhara Raje Scindia at Jhalarpatan Assembly constituency during the election as had been intended.

Asked about reported differences between the state Congress unit and the Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Vyas said that there was no truth in them and that there was as much coordination between PCC and the Government as was required.

"We have as much coordination between the party and the Government as is needed... We get into Government on the strength of party and then the party works on the performance of the Government in the next elections," she said.

First Published: Nov 19, 2003 11:07 IST