The BJP is yet to announce a Chief Minister candidate for Rajasthan; 5 leaders in the run

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  • The Bharatiya Janata Party today emerged victorious in Rajasthan, dethroning the Congress government led by Ashok Gehlot. 
  • The party is yet to announce a Chief Minister candidate, and the BJP national leadership is expected to make the announcement soon. 
  • 5 BJP leaders are in the fray to win the top post in Rajasthan. 
  • Vasundhara Raje, became the state’s first woman Chief Minister when the party rode to power. She has been elected to the state assembly thrice and five times to Lok Sabha. 
  • Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was a prominent face in BJP’s poll campaign. 

The Bharatiya Janata Party today emerged victorious in Rajasthan, dethroning the Congress government led by Ashok Gehlot. The win was a result of a month-long intense campaign, which saw rallies across the length and breadth of Rajasthan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top BJP leaders. But the party is yet to announce a Chief Minister candidate, and the BJP national leadership is expected to make the announcement soon.

5 BJP leaders are in the fray to win the top post in Rajasthan.

Vasundhara Raje, the former Chief Minister has a pan-Rajasthan following. The 70-year-old has led the BJP to two massive victories in the state. Daughter of founding BJP leader Vijayraje Scindia and sister of the late Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia, Vasundhara Raje started her political career in 1984 as a member of the BJP national executive, Vice-President of its youth wing and got elected as an MLA from Dholpur. Her rise was steady and in 2003, she became the state’s first woman Chief Minister when the party rode to power. She has been elected to the state assembly thrice and five times to Lok Sabha and was a minister in the Union government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was a prominent face in BJP’s poll campaign. In a recent survey, Mr Shekhawat was among the third-best choices for Chief Ministership, after Vasundhara Raje and Baba Balaknath.

Diya Kumari, a member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family, has won three elections since joining the BJP in 2013. She was elected MP in the 2019 general election with one of the biggest victory margins of 5.51 lakh votes. The ‘daughter of Jaipur’ is quite popular among the people, and is known to blend her royal heritage with a down-to-earth persona.

The BJP’s thumping victory in Rajasthan could lead to the rise of another ‘yogi’ – Spiritual leader and Alwar MP Baba Balaknath. He is popularly referred to as the yogi of Rajasthan and is a contender for the Chief Minister post. The 40-year-old, leading in the Tijara assembly constituency, is known for his controversial remarks. He had likened his contest against Imran Khan to an “India-Pakistan” match.

Kirodi Mal Meena, a BJP veteran, was pulled into the Rajasthan contest with the task of winning over the Meena community. Looking at the party’s performance in Eastern Rajasthan, the 72-year-old seems to have pulled it off with aplomb. Popularly known as “Doctor Sahab” and “Baba,” Mr Meena is among the front-runners for the Rajasthan Chief Minister post.

Rajasthan BJP’s state unit chief CP Joshi is seen as a strong contender for the Chief Minister’s post. The 48-year-old was given charge of the state unit early this March when it vied with the Congress in making headlines over factionalism. Since then, he has been credited with bringing together the rival factions and crafting a cohesive campaign that focuses on alleged anti-incumbency and Congress’s failures.

(With inputs from agencies)

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