KANKROLI: Chief minister on Saturday set out on her journey which can be viewed as her strongest and probably her last personal attempt to ensure a victory for the BJP in the forthcoming assembly polls.
Yatras are not new for Vasundhara but the Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra, which was launched on Saturday, is her first as a chief minister and in many ways, the most crucial. With BJP already in power and fighting the notion that a ruling party does not retain power in the next elections, much is at stake for the party and the chief minister.
“Five years are not enough. We need time to build a strong structure on the foundation of development we have built in these five years. Look at Gujarat, MP, ,” she said while addressing the first of her 134 public meetings as part of the yatra. She also listed out the works and achievements of her party.
This election year, until recently, has been full of turmoil for the ruling party. The bypolls debacle earlier this year and the controversy surrounding the nomination of the state president brought its share of unease for the organisation.
On the government front too, things are turbulent with increasing opposition from different communities – be it Gujjars who are upset over their pending demand or Rajputs, the traditional voters of the party, who are not happy with the Raje government over issues like encounter of gangster Anandpal and the row. Moreover, there are the issues of farmers, unemployed youth, government employees and others which are only adding to the woes and worries for the ruling party.
On a personal front too, Raje, who went all against the party high command’s will of appointing Jodhpur MP and union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat as the state party president, too has much to prove. A win will establish her as an undisputed leader while a loss might see badly affect her political career.
This is probably the reason that she, despite not having opted for a yatra ahead of 2008 assembly polls when she was the CM, chose to do it this time. BJP and Raje both hope to fight the anti-incumbency she might be facing in the state.
Just about everybody in BJP is hoping that her yatra will work magic like the last two times. In 2003, her entry into the state politics was marked with the Parivartan Yatra. It paved way for the party to come to power in the state by winning 120 of the 200 seats and witnessed Raje being sworn in as chief minister for the first time.
The 2013 Suraaj Sankalp Yatra of Raje, once again saw BJP, then in opposition, coming to power by winning 163 of the 200 assembly seats. Raje was once again the chief minister and riding high over a historic win.
Both the yatra were launched from Charbhuja – much like the present one.
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