Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is getting special help for the upcoming elections in Rajasthan as Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself decided to monitor the situation there.
This correspondent has reported earlier how Union Home Minister Amit Shah is revitalising the BJP's election machinery in Madhya Pradesh, the same is now expected by PM Modi for Rajasthan.
According to Dainik Bhaskar, top BJP leaders from the centre will monitor all four upcoming assembly elections. BJP national president JP Nadda and national general secretary BL Santhosh will look after Chhattisgarh and Telangana elections respectively.
Coming back to Rajasthan, while Modi has already addressed several public rallies in the state, now he has decided to meet all 28 MPs from Rajasthan on 8 August in Delhi. Of these, 24 are Lok Sabha MPs and four are Rajya Sabha MPs.
In this meeting, four central ministers, Arjun Ram Meghwal, Bhupender Yadav, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, and Kailash Choudhary, will also be present.
The discussion will be held regarding the assembly seats in the constituencies of all MPs. They will talk about the current situation, political possibilities, and emerging scenarios.
What kind of political announcements need to be made concerning the upcoming assembly elections (December 2023) and the Lok Sabha elections (May 2024) will also be decided in this meeting.
Strategy will be made for verbal and political critique of the policies, schemes of the Congress-led government in Rajasthan, criticism of Chief Minister Gehlot, ministers, and legislators.
All MPs were given the responsibility to engage with people about the 9-year achievements of PM Modi and the BJP-led central government. An account of what has been done so far will be taken.
Information will be gathered from all MPs about the achievements they have made in their respective areas.
After the MPs, PM Modi is also likely to meet the Rajasthan MLAs on 25-26 August. These meetings can be division-wise.
Modi is also expected to hold meetings or rallies at three locations in Rajasthan in the month of August. One of these locations will be Kharanala (Nagaur), where he will perform worship at the Veer Tejaji Maharaj temple.
After this, the two meetings can take place in either Kota (Hadoti) and Bharatpur (Braj-Mewat) or Jodhpur (Marwar) regions. Soon, a detailed schedule will be announced.
PM has visited several places in Rajasthan since November 2022, including Banswara (Vagad), Sirohi (Godwad), Ajmer-Pushkar (Merwara), Bhilwara (Mewar), Dausa (Dhudhad), Bikaner (Marwar), and Sikar (Shekhawati).
Modi has included Union Minister Pralhad Joshi, state BJP president CP Joshi and MoS Arjun Ram Meghwal in his team for Rajasthan. Ticket distribution will also be decided by 'Team Modi' only.
PM's interest in Rajasthan can also be understood from his X timeline. He often avoids Xting on many contemporary matters but has urged people to throw away Congress rule in a post.
Another innovative approach of BJP in Rajasthan is reported by Amar Ujala. The responsibility of 200 assembly seats has been given to 200 MLAs of five states. These states are Haryana, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
These MLAs will prepare a report of the assembly constituency assigned to them and submit to the central leadership. The focus will be on the implementation status of schemes and awareness among people about them.
The aim of this plan is to avoid false inputs that might come due to infighting among the Rajasthan BJP leaders. The top leadership has more faith in leaders that are outsiders for the state.
However, these MLAs will be given a training first before they hit the ground. They are asked not to seek help from local leaders.
BJP will also play its Hindutva card as it plans rallies from the sacred locations of Rajasthan, namely Bhagwan Trinetra Ganeshji in Ranathambhore (Sawai Madhopur), the holy site of Lokdevta Gogaji in Gogamedi (Hanumangarh), and the pilgrimage site of Adiwasis, Beneshwar Dham in Dungarpur.
The focus on Rajasthan can be explained by the fact that BJP has won all seats of the state in two consecutive Lok Sabha elections (2014 and 2019).
Despite this, Rajasthan remains a strong forte for Congress. Moreover, BJP hasn't announced any CM face, thus, increasing its dependence on the central leadership.
Nishtha Anushree is Senior Sub-editor at Swarajya. She tweets at @nishthaanushree.
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