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BJP’s top post to be tightrope walk for Ashok Parnami

Friday, 14 February 2014 - 8:17pm IST | Place: Jaipur | Agency: DNA
Chief minister’s Yes-Man may soon be faced with challenge of keeping pro- and anti-Raje groups united.

BJP leader Ashok Parnami has become the party state chief, being the ‘yes man’ of chief minister Vasundhara Raje, but it is believed that he would face extreme difficulty in striking a balance between the party organisation and the government.

Among the top challenges that come before him, the duties include balancing the groupism within the party as well as handling a huge mandate of 163 MLAs. It is also believed that the party would witness a divide between pro- and anti-Vasundhara groups soon after Parnami has acceded to the top position in state.

\Notably, Parnami has been made the state chief sidelining the candidature of Ghanshyam Tiwari, Digamber Singh, Rao Rajendra Singh, Mahesh Sharma and Satish Poonia. According to party sources, Raje herself had proposed Parnami’s name for the state chief position. Having a Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) background also helped him, apart from his good relations with Sangathan office-bearers.

Soon after taking charge of office on Thursday, Parnami paid a visit to Raje in Bharatpur to thank her. It is believed that his first priority as state chief would be to bring harmony in the relations between groups within the party, the government as well as the organisation.

Already, there are groups led by minister of state Gulab Chand Kataria, and MLAs Ghanshyam Tiwari and Rao Rajendra Singh -- who are against the working style of the Raje government. Meanwhile, there are some senior MLAs who are unhappy as they were not offered any position in the Cabinet but all are quiet sensing a likely expansion of Cabinet before the Parliament polls.

It is believed that displeased MLAs may be joined by party workers and MLAs who are unhappy with Raje or her aides. It is likely that Parnami would face difficulty in keeping good terms with senior BJP leaders.

The first test would be Lok Sabha polls as there would be great tussle within the party for tickets. Also, he has remained in Jaipur and handling statewide party affairs would also be challenging.

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