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Cracks show up in Rajasthan BJP unit as ex-CM Raje followers upset over removal of her photos from party posters

01:41 PM Jun 18, 2021 | Manish Godha

Jaipur: After Congress now, cracks are now showing in the Rajasthan unit of BJP. The leaders and loyal followers of former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje are annoyed with the removal of Raje’s picture from the poster outside the party headquarter in Jaipur, saying that there is no alternative for Raje in Rajasthan. The removal of Raje's pictures is seen as the party is ignoring Raje, who happens to be a two-term CM.

Singhvi said, ''There is no alternative to Raje in Rajasthan. She can swing the votes up to 15-20 per cent and that’s the reason that party got full majority twice under her leadership and it shows that she is the most powerful leader of the party in the state.''

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Although party state president Satish Poonia had clarified that it was done according to guidelines of the party and there is nothing political in it.

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Even the party’s state vice president and MLA Madan Dilawar countered the Raje suporters' claim by stating that BJP is a party where the organization is supreme and not individual.

In the last four days, three Raje loyalists -- former MLAs Bhawani Singh Rajawat and Prhalad Gunjal and MLA Pratap Singh Singhvi -- have said that the party cannot ignore Raje as she is the only mass leader of the party in the state.

Notably, all these leaders had voiced the same thing two months ago and convened a meeting in Kota in favour of Raje. The supporters also organised a dharmik yatra on Raje's birthday of Raje in March this year in Bartapur district.

While countering Singhvi and other leaders statements, the party’s state vice president and MLA Madan Dilawar told media that BJP is a party where the organization is supreme.

Though he did not name Raje, he said that our former organization Jansangh had removed its national president from the primary membership of the party when he got egoistic. He added, "One should not have a fallacy that without him party will not function."

It is also to be mention that the party’s state executive committee meeting is scheduled on 22nd June and sources in the party say that emergence of such controversy before the meeting is indicating a ‘happening’ meeting as leaders of all factions in the party will participate in it.

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