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Deadlock continues over new Rajasthan BJP chief

Party leaders have assured that the Rajasthan chief’s “appointment will happen soon”.

jaipur Updated: Jun 19, 2018 22:34 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
Chandrashekhar, an RSS functionary who was in charge of elections in Uttar Pradesh before moving to Jaipur last year. (HT file photo )

The deadlock in the appointment of the BJP’s Rajasthan unit chief continued on Tuesday, keeping senior party leaders busy in trying to build consensus and general secretary (organisation) Chandrashekhar with office work.

Chandrashekhar, an RSS functionary who was in charge of elections in Uttar Pradesh before moving to Jaipur last year, was chairing meetings of party cells, supervising booth-management projects and visiting the party office in Jaipur regularly.

Party leaders have assured that the Rajasthan chief’s “appointment will happen soon”, though it has been two months since the state unit was without a president when the state is heading for assembly polls this year.

According to sources who don’t want to be identified, senior BJP leader V Satish has been speaking with various factions to build a consensus over the state unit president.

However, the problem for Satish, who is in charge of the party in Rajasthan, and other leaders is that former state BJP president Ashok Parnami was apparently removed without taking chief minister Vasundhara Raje into confidence and she now wants her way in the new chief’s appointment, the sources said.

The party high command is in favour of Jodhpur parliamentarian Gajendra Singh. But Raje has objected, saying a Rajput face will alienate the politically strong Jat community and the BJP could lose the assembly elections and seriously dent the party’s prospects in the state during general elections next year.

Singh, a Union minister, is considered close to the RSS and is seen as a young and clean face. Though he has not been very active in the state or the organisation, he has been touring the state of late and meeting people.

Several state ministers believe that it wasn’t prudent of the central leadership to change the party president with less than six months before the elections.

As the stalemate continued, there is no clarity on the launch of a proposed state-level yatra, or march, as suggested by party chief Amit Shah during a meeting with the Rajasthan BJP’s core committee leaders in New Delhi last week.

Chief minister Raje has relaunched her Jan Samvad yatra and was in Baran district on Tuesday. In the past four months, she has covered more than 50 assembly constituencies across 16 districts.

First Published: Jun 19, 2018 22:34 IST