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From Jats to Rajputs to Muslims: Vasundhara Raje meets them separately, seeks support 

Rajasthan chief minister is on campaign trail ahead of bypolls to one assembly and two Lok Sabha seats; state is likely to go to polls late next year

jaipur Updated: Oct 14, 2017 19:35 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times
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The Ajmer bypoll necessitated following death of its leader Sanwarlal Jat has become a prestige issue for the ruling BJP.(HT File)

Chief minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday met people from various caste groups and communities in Ajmer’s Kekri area as she continued with her campaign trail ahead of bypolls in one assembly and two Lok Sabha constituencies.

She separately met representatives of Rajputs, Jats, Gurjars, Muslims, Regars, Bhils, Meghwals and Banjaras and sought their support for the BJP, said some of those who attended the meetings.

“Raje heard people’s problems and directed officials to sort out them,” said BP Saraswat, BJP district unit president.

The Ajmer bypoll has become a prestige issue for the BJP. The ruling party is facing opposition from various sections over its economic policies and lack of development.

Congress state unit president Sachin Pilot was representing Ajmer in the Lok Sabha but lost to BJP’s Sanwarlal Jat in the 2014 general election. The bypoll was necessitated due to Jat’s death.

Earlier, Raje toured Ajmer district from October 9-11 when she held public meetings in Kishangarh, Pushkar and Ajmer north assembly constituencies and announced dozens of development programmes.

The Congress, which may nominate Pilot for the Ajmer bypoll, is confident of winning the seat. The Congress said Raje’s marathon meetings with people was an attempt to divert their attention from four years misrule of her government.

“People will not fall for the BJP’s jargons. They will reply to BJP’S misrule in bypoll,” said Bhupendra Singh Rathore, Congress district unit president.

Raje is also conducting public meetings at constituencies where assembly and Lok Sabha bypolls are scheduled.

On Friday, she was in Mandalgarh assembly that will also go to bypoll. In Mandalgarh also, she met leaders caste groups and sought to know their problems.

On October 8-9, she visited Alwar Lok Sabha constituency that would go to bypoll, too. The seat fell vacant following BJP leader Mahant Chand Nath’s death.

Meanwhile, the defence ministry has agreed to consider removing four wards of Nasirabad cantonment area from the notified area and bringing them under the state government.

If de-notified, these blocks with a population of 36,000 people would come under the state government and development works can be carried out by the municipality, an official said.

First Published: Oct 14, 2017 19:35 IST