Simmering resentment after ticket distribution by the BJP has endangered its Mission 25 in state. Sensing this, the central leadership has entrusted CM Vasundhara Raje and the state BJP to pacify the disgruntled and help party candidates win.
Following the order, state BJP and Raje have started canvassing intensively for party candidates. Raje has decided to visit places where there is unrest among workers over distribution of tickets in order to unify them.
There is unrest in BJP at eight Lok Sabha seats including Jhunjhunu, Barmer, Sikar, Jaipur Rural, Kota and Tonk-Sawai Madhopur. Among these, Barmer and Sikar seats are the worst affected. In Barmer, senior leader Jaswant Singh who hails from Jasol has gone rebel and is contesting as Independent while in Sikar Subhash Maharia has decided to contest against the party candidate.
The party is facing inaction among party workers on these seats which may be detrimental in realising the dream of winning all 25 seats in the state. According to sources, the central leadership has discussed the issue of party workers dissatisfaction with Raje and state-in-charge Kaptan Singh Solanki.
The apex leadership has said the state leadership should handle the matter as tickets have been given on recommendations of Raje and Solanki.
Thus opting the damage control mode, Raje will be taking part in election office inauguration, nomination as well as election rallies in constituencies where there is unrest over the candidate fielded by the party.
Raje has visited Churu recently and took part in the inauguration of election office of party candidate Rahul Kaswa. She went to Churu and met Cabinet minister Rajendra Rathore and other BJP leaders to pacify the alleged differences between them and the party candidate Kaswa.
Chief minister in the damage control mode
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje is also said to have pacified unrest against Jaipur City candidate Ramcharan Bohra. On March 25 and 26, Raje will be present at the nomination filing by candidates of Kota, Barmer, Ajmer and Sikar. State-in-charge Kaptan Singh on the other hand held the election committee meeting at party office and took feedback. BJP’s co-in-charge, Bhupendra Yadav was present at the nomination filing of Nagaur candidate CR Choudhary.