While BJP leaders have been publicly silent on their aspirations on holding the top post, Rajasthan CM Gehlot has repeatedly attacked the opposition by saying that its leaders are competing with each other.
In the political circles of Rajasthan, this move is being seen as an attempt to reassert the authority of Raje in the state by her supporters. In recent times, there have been reports of friction between Raje and the state unit of the BJP in Rajasthan amid growing clout of the party’s central leadership.
Ride operators however, say that they ensure care for the elephants and that closing down the rides would be unfair to mahouts. “How is it fair for this report to say that the elephant rides should be done away with," asked Abdul Aziz, president of the Haathi Malik Vikas Samiti.
With the Ashok Gehlot government completing two years on December 17, more than 20 lakh farmers have received a waiver for the money they borrowed from state cooperative banks. However, the waiver for loans taken from nationalised and commercial banks remains in limbo.
While the BJP has cited instances such as the party recently fielding more than four dozen Muslim candidates in the civic elections as an example of it raising issues related to minority communities, the Congress has slammed the saffron party of levelling baseless allegations.
Despite the government citing better governance as the reason behind the fresh delimitation of the three municipal corporations and bifurcating them, party insiders as well as those in the opposition saw it as a means to raise the seat tally of the Congress in the civic polls.
Social activists and officials from the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit (AHTU) of the Rajasthan Police told The Indian Express that children from states like Bihar were frequently trafficked to Rajasthan and made to work as child labourers.
On October 23, the Rajasthan High Court had ruled that considering the hardship of private schools, the state government shall issue necessary directions by October 28 regarding interim fees they shall be allowed to charge subject to a final decision.