Former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, while responding to a question on BJP leaders in Rajasthan eying the chief ministerial post, said that it doesn’t happen ‘just by wishing so’ and only that person who gets the love of all communities will get to rule.
Raje’s statement comes amidst a long-drawn power struggle within the state BJP wherein till now, while her supporters were vocal in her support, she had maintained a calculated silence.
“Aisa hai, ki khud se chahne se to ye nahi hota hai. Janata kya chahti hai, wo bahut zaruri hai. Aur ek cheez dhyan me rakhne ki zarurat hai, ki chattis ke chattis kaum ko pyar karna hai aur unka pyar jisko milega, wahi agey chalke raaj karega (It – becoming Chief Minister – doesn’t happen just by wishing so. It is very important to see what the public wants. There is a need to keep another thing in mind, that you will have to love all communities and the person who will get their love, will be the one to rule in the future),” Raje told reporters in Jodhpur when they popped her the question regarding CM faces.
While the BJP has attacked the Congress over the tussle between the respective factions of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, the Congress has hit back by saying that the BJP itself is a divided force with multiple leaders eying the chief ministerial post.
Raje also said that party workers should be ready to sound the bugle for the 2023 Assembly and 2024 Lok Sabha elections.
“I have told our workers to get ready because we have to sound the bugle for 2023 and 2024. By being prepared and strong, they will have to come to the field,” said Raje.
On being asked about the division within the state Congress, Raje said that the party appears to be a ‘sinking ship’.
Responding to media’s questions about her being less active on the political scene lately, the former CM said that it was because of the fact that her daughter-in-law is ill.
Raje’s comments on the next CM’s face come at a time when several of her known detractors have been given plum posts in the state unit of the BJP, amidst reports of growing say of the central leadership in party matters.
Raje was on a two-day visit to Jodhpur wherein she paid her tributes to the mother of Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and former Rajasthan minister Mahipal Maderna, both of whom passed away recently. She also met BJP workers and local leaders during her visit.
In the recent past, her supporters have been vocal to assert that Raje is the tallest leader of the BJP in Rajasthan, with some of them even floating parallel outfits in support of the former Chief Minister.
Earlier this year, around 20 MLAs loyal to Raje had written to the state BJP president, alleging bias in Assembly proceedings. The state BJP had also expelled former minister Dr Rohitashav Kumar Sharma, who is close to Raje, for six years.