oppn parties BJP Errs By Keeping Vasundhara Raje Out In L'Affaire Sachin Pilot

News Snippets

  • Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, referring to a spate of FIRs for putting up posters in Delhi which said "Modi Hatao, Desh Bachao", said that even the British did not act in such manner
  • The 2023-24 Appropriation BIll, which allows the government to spend Rs 45 lakh crore in the fiscal, was passed by Lok Sabha in 9 minutes without any discussion
  • Sources say that Amritpal Singh fled to Haryana and may now be in Uttarakhand
  • Experts say that Rahul Gandhi's disqualification from Parliament will kick in immediately as the conviction has not been stayed
  • Tatas to invest $2bn in super app Tata Neu
  • Chief Economic Advisor V Anantha Nageswaran has said that inflation will drop as commodity and food prices have fallen
  • Government will define quality norms to ensure better 5G service
  • Stocks tumble again on Thursday after two sessions of recovery: Sensex loses 289 points to 57925 and Nifty goes down by 75 points to 17076
  • Amicus curiae and senior advocate K V Vishwanathan has told the Supreme Court that the changes made in law and three extensions given to the present director of Enforcement Directorate are illegal and will imperil the integrity of the agency
  • Supreme Court says it cannot judicially direct the government to acquire land or buildings near the court for advocates' chambers
  • ISSF Cup shooting: Indian pair of Rhythm Sangwan and Varun Tomar win silver in 10m sir rifle mixed team event
  • WPL: UP Warriorz take on Mumbai Indians in the Eliminator today. The winner will play Delhi Capitals in the finals
  • World Boxing: Four Indians - Nikhat Zareen, Nitu Ghanghas, Lovelina Borgohain and Saweety Boora - enter the frinals in their respective category
  • Bombay HC imposes costs and dismisses a petition by a housing society that sought to have a community-wise cap on residents
  • Delhi Police files 159 FIRs for defacement of public property and 49 for posters saying 'Modi Hatao Desh Bachao'
Rahul Gandhi disqualified from Parliament, Wayanad Lok Sabha seat declared vacant
oppn parties
BJP Errs By Keeping Vasundhara Raje Out In L'Affaire Sachin Pilot

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2020-07-17 08:58:12

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator.

It is surprising that former chief minister Vasundhara Raje, BJP's tallest leader in Rajasthan, has kept out of the limelight and is totally silent ever since the Pilot affair rocked the state. Logically, if the BJP was orchestrating the defections, Raje should have been at the forefront. But it appears that since the whole thing is being controlled from Delhi, she has been sidelined.

It is now being reported that Vasundhara Raje is pursuing her own agenda. She is reported to have called up Congress MLAs close to her and asked them to support Ashok Gehlot. There can be many reasons for this. Raje might be angry with the party high command for not taking her into confidence before starting negotiations with Pilot. She was presented with a fait accompli and she does not want to be part of a failed attempt. Her sources (make no mistake, she still wields enough influence in the state) must have informed her that Pilot had miscalculated and did not have the numbers to fell Gehlot.

Then she might have known that even if the attempt to topple Gehlot was successful the BJP would not be able to form a stable government. Or that she would not be made the chief minister. Hence she has not used her considerable clout and persuasive powers to turn Congress MLAs against Gehlot. In fact, she is reported to have done the opposite. That might have been one of the biggest reasons why the Congress did not panic and was uncharacteristically confident during the entire episode. 

In doing so, she has made it known to the central leadership that she is still a force to reckon with. It is now clear that any attempt to grab power in Rajasthan needs Raje's blessings as she is the one who can pull strings and call in favours or otherwise influence Congress legislators. The BJP high command must have learned its lesson the hard way. The people might have removed the Rani in the last elections but she still has the power to call the shots.