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BJP sees red in posters on Raje and Dushyant not visiting constituencies


JAIPUR:  A day ago, photo of Rajasthan’s former CM Vasundhara Raje was found missing on posters at the BJP headquarters in Jaipur. On Thursday, fresh posters were seen stuck on the walls in Jhalwar city, which said Raje and her MP son Dushyant Singh are hardly seen in their constituencies. Although these posters were removed, the developments have intensified politics in Raje’s bastion.

The posters in Jhalwar were pasted by unidentified people  on Wednesday night. Dushyant is an MP from Jhalawar-Baran Lok Sabha constituency.  Raje is an MLA from Jhalrapatan Assembly in Jhalawar district. After hearing about the posters, BJP workers and local council employees reached the spot and tore them off. Till late on Thursday, no police case had been registered.

Presumably because of Covid-19 restrictions, Raje has not visited her constituency for a long time. Dushyant was seen in the area during municipal elections a few months ago.  Raje supporters say she is in touch with the people of her constituency all along and working for their welfare.

BJP district president Sanjay Jain said: “Whoever has done this petty act, it is very disgusting. Former CM Vasundhara Raje and MP Dushyant Singh are constantly in touch with the people of Jhalawar district. Even during the Corona period, they interacted with BJP workers.  They have been in touch with top officials of the district administration through virtual communication.”

Jain said Dushyant had also caugh the Corona-19 infection.  After that, he has been holding virtual meetings with party workers of the district along with former CM Raje and taking information about problems in this area.

ATtough Raje is the BJP vice-president at the national level , she  and her supporters have been sidelined from state politics for a long time. There is a tussle for supremacy between Raje and the RSS faction led by state party president Satish Poonia. 

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