Is BJP Going For A Generational Shift, With Decision On Vasundhara Raje?

Is BJP Going For A Generational Shift, With Decision On Vasundhara Raje?

Is BJP Going For A Generational Shift, With Decision On Vasundhara Raje? 

New Delhi: After the Bhartiya Janata Party, was reduced to 73 legislators from 164, the party's central leadership appointed former home minister Gulab Chand Kataria as the leader of the opposition in the Rajasthan assembly. The party decided to go against, the former chief minister Vasundhara Raje, preferring to make her the ruling party's national vice-president instead.

The move shows that the Bhartiya Janata Party appears to be keen on setting up a new leadership structure in the states like Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan - whose former chief ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan, Vasundhara Raje and Raman Singh have been around for over a decade and a half. The former Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ms Raje proposed Mr Kataria's name herself and seconded by other BJP legislators. Rajendra Rathore, Ms Raje's close aide was given the deputy opposition leader's post in an attempt to balance power equations.

Little is known about the role likely to be played by the former chief minister in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Nevertheless, she made it amply clear at a party legislators' meet that she wouldn't be giving up on Rajasthan that easily. Ms Raje said, "I want to assure you that we will remain here and work together for the next milestone that's the 2019 elections. We will do very well in that."

Meanwhile the central leadership of BJP, decided to make Mr Kataria, who happens to be an RSS favourite, the leader of the opposition in the state assembly, it didn't want to step on the former chief minister's toes. "Vasundharaji is a popular face not only in Rajasthan but across the country. As national vice president, she will strengthen the party both inside and outside the state," said BJP general secretary Arun Singh.

The former CM of Rajasthan seems placated for now, the real indication of who's in charge will come to light when a decision is made on the state party president.