Raje’s ‘teach lesson’ remarks bring out Rajasthan BJP internal rift

Political analysts interpret Raje’s statement as a veiled criticism of the BJP high command and the state party leaders.
Former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje
Former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje (File Photo | PTI)

JAIPUR: After the Lok Sabha elections, internal discord within the BJP in Rajasthan has surfaced. The most recent example involves a statement by former chief minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia.

On Sunday, Raje made a notable remark, saying, “The era of loyalty was different when the person who took you forward in politics was respected and always supported. But this does not happen in the present time. Today, people try to cut off the finger of the one by holding whom they learn to walk.” Her comments attracted significant media attention and analysis.

Political analysts interpret Raje’s statement as a veiled criticism of the BJP high command and the state party leaders. Despite her two terms as CM, she was neither projected as the party’s face in the recent assembly elections nor reappointed as CM.

This has led to speculation that her remarks were directed at the party’s leadership, especially considering her mother, Vijaya Raje Scindia, played a crucial role in the establishment of both the Jan Sangh and the BJP. Others suggest that Raje’s criticism was aimed at figures within the state govt, including DCM Diya Kumari and Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

Notably, Diya Kumari, who belongs to the former royal family of Jaipur, was once considered close to Raje. However, a rift between them surfaced during Raje’s last tenure, when properties of the royal family were bulldozed.

Sources indicate that speculation arose that the BJP high command was grooming Diya Kumari as an alternative to Vasundhara Raje, which Raje became aware of.

Kumari’s position as DCM has reinforced the speculations. Some even suggest that had ex-CM Bhairon Singh Shekhawat’s political heir and senior BJP leader Narpat Singh Rajvi not made controversial remarks about the Jaipur royal family before the assembly elections, Diya Kumari might have been appointed CM. Similar rumors circulate about Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore. Although Raje maintained a low profile following the elections, the BJP’s poor performance in the LS elections emboldened her faction.

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