Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is facing opposition from a section of BJP workers in her home constituency of Jhalawar even as she predicted a clean win with 180 seats in the upcoming assembly elections.
Activists in Jhalawar, led by BJP worker Pramod Sharma, organised a bike rally with placards that read “Vasundhra, go back” and “Vasundhra, quit Jhalawar” on the anniversary of the Quit India Movement on August 9. The rally, with over 1,000 activists riding nearly 500 motorcycles, passed through the markets of Jhalawar and adjoining Jhalrapatan cities of the home constituency of CM Raje.
They were protesting against corruption and lack of development works in Jhalawar, the organisers said.
“We have launched the ‘Vasundhra, quit Jhalawar movement’ on the lines of Quit India Movement, as the public in CM Raje’s home constituency are fed up with corruption, non-development in the 30 years of her rule,” Pramod Sharma, a BJP worker for 20 years, said.
“Raje had been an elected Member of Parliament for five times, member of Legislative Assembly for three times from Jhalawar and is completing her second term as CM. But, she has done nothing for the common man of her constituency,” Mr Sharma alleged, and added that she destroyed the BJP unit in her area by politically assassinating true workers and promoting people with vested interests.
The activists are taking the ‘Vasundhra, quit Jhalawar movement’ to the people to convince them to vote against Ms Raje in the upcoming elections, Lalit Vaishnav, an activist associated with the movement, said.
When contacted, Jhalawar district BJP president refuted all allegations levelled by the activists, saying overwhelming developmental works have been carried out in Jhalawar during Vasundhra Raje’s tenure as CM. He however admitted that a rally was organised in Jhalawar by the supporters of BJP lawmaker Ghanshyam Tiwari, the veteran state BJP leader who has been rebelling against the Raje government ever since she assumed power in the state.
Notably, Ms Raje’s son Dushyant Singh represents the Jhalawar-Baran parliamentary constituency.