Rahil Nora Chopra

There is talk of a ministry  reshuffle taking place at the Centre and in Rajasthan after the presidential elections. The infighting within the state unit and the manner in which Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is handling the affairs of the state are believed to be under review by the party leadership. One option under consideration is to appoint dissident leader Om Prakash Mathur as chief minister and shift Vasundhara Raje to the Centre as a minister.  But it may not be easy to remove her from the chief minister’s post as she enjoys the backing of 100 plus MLAs.  According to sources, many party MPs and MLAs have complained to the central leadership that it would be difficult to win the 2019 Lok Sabha elections under the chief ministership of Raje. Om Prakash Mathur is believed to enjoy the backing of Modi and the RSS.


The Gujarat government may throw a surprise by recommending  dissolution of the Assembly and going for an early election before it become due in December. The party think tank is said to be in favour of advancing the poll so that the Congress party, beset with infighting, does not get enough time to sort out its problems. Congress has been out of power in Gujarat for the past 22 years and is struggling to regain a foothold. Infighting in Gujarat Congress came to the fore in September last year when party national spokesperson and state legislator Shaktisinh Gohil sought to disassociate himself from the responsibilities of the forthcoming election campaign while senior leader Shankersinh Vaghela is putting pressure on Congress President Sonia Gandhi to declare himself as the CM candidate ahead of the elections. Ashok Gehlot, who is in charge of the state party unit, recently brought together Vaghela and state party president Bharatsinh Solanki at a press conference to critically appraise the three years of Narendra Modi government at the Centre as a show of unity.


Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has a big task on hand to bring the law and order situation under control. For the past one month, atrocities against Dalits and Muslim have increased. First it was the Anti-Romeo Squad, which was frequently in the news for harassing boys and girls, and recently clashes between Dalit and Thakur communities have left three people dead and scores injured in Saharanpur. “Dalits are being crushed not only in Saharanpur but all over the country and the BJP-led Centre is responsible,” alleged Rahul Gandhi, who was prevented from entering the town by the district administration. He squarely blamed the Union government for the rising communal tension. The Prime Minister and Home Minister Rajnath Singh are believed to have spoken to the UP Chief Minister on phone and instructed him to take strong action against those involved in the incidents and bring the law and order situation under control. The clashes have come as a challenge for Yogi Adityanath, especially in view of the BJP’s pre-poll promise to improve law and order in the state. (IPA)

Sunday, 4 June, 2017