From the beginning of this year, BJP was being considered behind the Congress in the Rajasthan elections. Rajasthan’s anti-incumbency and resentment againt the leadership were big reasons for it. But seeing the developments in the last one month, the BJP has gone far ahead of the rivals, making a spectacular rise. It shows the victory of BJP President Amit Shah’s efficient election policy, which has brought the Congress’s hand back to the backfoot. Let’s see what happened in this one month in which BJP came out ahead of Congress?
◆ First of all, the BJP won in ticket distribution. The BJP released the first list of 131 candidates on November 11, while Congress split into the groups and due to the differences, the first list was released on 15 November after 4 days. With this, the BJP succeeded in delivering a diplomatic edge and conveyed that Congress is divided into camps. After this, BJP also released its manifesto before the Congress and gave a signal of confidence.
◆ Internal conflicts among the Congress High Command
Internal conflicts among state Congress leadership got clearly visible durig the ticket distribution. and many discontented Congress leaders rebelled against party. After the distribution of tickets, the differences in Congress came even more open when the rebels gave the ballocks to several legislative assemblies. There was heavy political upheaval in Bikaner when the Congress put the prestige of the Mali Society at Stake. Congress first gave ticket from Bikaner West to Yashpal Gehlot(Mali)and then withdrew it. And then Yashpal Gehlot was again withdrawn from Bikaner East seat after giving him ticket. Congress leader Kanhaiyalal Zanwar, again became the candidate of Bikaner East. On the other hand, conventional Congress candidate Gopal Gahlot filled the nomination as an independent candidate from Bikaner East. This led to heavy rage against the Congress and Congress leader Ram Prakash Dudi in the Mali community.
Similarly in tonk, the ticket of Sachin Pilot was opposed. Congress activists of Churu staged a protest outside Rahul Gandhi’s residence in protest of Congress candidate Rafiq Mandelia from Churu. Nagaur, Makrana, Deedvaana, (Nagaur), Udaipurwati Sikar (Sikar), Masooda (Ajmer) have also witnessed a huge rebellion against the Congress party. Congress rebel Brijkishor Sharma strongly opposed Congress’s candidate Amin Kagzi in Kishanpol (Jaipur city) which Prime Minister Modi also redeemed in his speech and Brajkishor Sharma also supported the talk of Prime Minister Modi. From Shahpura (Jaipur Rural), Alok Beniwal of Congress also became rebel and is fighting independently. Discontented Congress leaders revolted on 30 assembly seats for unfair ticket distribution. In this way internal clash has reached to its peak in the Congress.
◆ Congress left behind the BJP in holding back the rebels
However, the rebels were also in the BJP. Like Alwar’s BJP rebel and Hinduist leader, Gyanadev Ahuja who had previously filed an independent nomination from the Sanganer hotseat already getting triangular contest in the Jaipur. But on the last day of nomination, the BJP convinced him and appointed him state vice president. Prime Minister paused his back on a stage. By the last day, the BJP was able to convince 8 big rebels, whereas the Congress could only convince 4 rebels. BJP celebrated Gyanadev Ahuja, Bhawani Singh Rajawat, Mangalaram Koli, Alka Gurjar, Shriram Bhaker, Tarun Kaga, Priyanka Chaudhary, Pushpa Kanwar. While Congress celebrated Kruparam Solanki, Ramchandra Sardhana, Brahmadev Kumawat and Lalit Bhati.
◆ BJP’s trump card in Tonk district
In Tonk, BJP raised the problems of Congress by throwing out its sole Muslim candidate, Younus Khan, to Congress state president Sachin Pilot. Congress raised a Hindu candidate in Tonk after 46 years, and BJP brought a Muslim candidate after 38 years. Contrasting in the opposite polarization and traditional votebank, the competition here has become interesting. The difficulty of Sachin Pilot is that that in the 2013 elections the BJP won this seat with a big difference of 30,343 votes. In any case, there is a tradition of Congress state presidents losing the election in Rajasthan. Sachin Pilot himself has lost the Lok Sabha elections from Ajmer in 2014 after becoming Congress state president.
◆ Casteist statement of CP Joshi
CP Joshi took the name of Lodhi caste of Uma Bharati and questioned the caste of Sadhvi Rithambhara, and had said that only Pandit or Brahmin can talk about Hindu religion. This statement of CP Joshi led to anger in other castes, which forced Rahul Gandhi himself to tweet and make CP Joshi apologize for the statement. After that CP Joshi apologized. But by then Congress had suffered a lot.
◆ Yogi Adityanath’s relentless rallies in Rajasthan
In Rajasthan elections, dozens of rallies have been kept with PM Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, and CM Yogi Adityanath by the BJP. Vasundhara Raje, Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot, are also doing dozens of rallies. In the Rajasthan elections, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has emerged as the star campaigner of the BJP. Due to his heavy demand on all seats in the state, the BJP has fixed his 21 total rallies. While there are 10 rallies of Prime Minister Modi. Yogi Adityanath’s firebrand image and piquant speeches have attracted unexpected crowds in his meetings. In the cyclonic election campaign of Yogi Adityanath, the propaganda of the Congress has become a fad.
◆ Achievements of BJP Government
The BJP has been successful in reaching out to many people in many ways. Whether it is the debt waiver of farmers or the success of Bhamashah Yojana, government recruitments, drastic change in sanitation system, Dravyawati river, digitization of government schemes, improvement in drinking water supply, bumper construction of roads and highways, Ujjawala Scheme, Crop Insurance Scheme, Janshan Scheme , Increased Minimum Support Prices of all crops, revival of 125 important temples across the state by an huge amount of 625 crores, canal scheme, improvement in Medical infrastructure and facilities across the state and due to many developmental works, it seems that the people of the Rajasthan want to get the BJP back in the state once again.
These are the important reasons why BJP now seems to be far ahead of the Congress despite the fact that the BJP was being considered at backfoot a month ago due to the anti-incumbency.