The BJP led by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje lost the Rajasthan assembly election, failing to break the revolving door trend which continues in the state for the past 20 years and four polls.
Despite making last-minute push, the BJP failed to impress the voters to vote for them.
The developmental activities, for example launching the Bhamashah Health Insurance Scheme in the health sector, undertaken by the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan were not enough to surmount the anger and hostility of the voters towards it.
Though Vasundhara Raje is likely to win from Jhalrapatan seat, defeating formidable Manvendra Singh, the BJP looks set to lose in Rajasthan assembly election, as the morning trends show, and these are the reasons why:
Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s promise of farm loan waiver within 10 days of Congress government coming to power has been one of the most important factors for the BJP’s defeat. The farmers, suffering from distress, seem to have lapped up Rahul Gandhi’s promise. The Vasundhara Raje government seems to have failed to dispel the notion that the farmers were under severe stress in her state.
Vasundhara Raje’s personal traits are believed to be one of the main reasons behind the BJP’s defeat in Rajasthan assembly election. Her image of behaving like a Maharani’ and being inaccessible did not go along well with the voters.
The Rajputs went against the BJP particularly after the killing of a gangster Anandpal Singh by the police in an encounter. Anandpal Singh, a Rajput, was popular among a large section of his caste people. This turned the Rajputs against Vasundhara Raje and the BJP.
Vasundhara Raje ordered broadening of roads and beautification of the cities by removing the encroachments. In the process, several temples, many of them makeshift ones, were either demolished or removed. This angered the Hindus who thought the BJP was working against the interests of the majority community.
The BJP’s parent organisation, the RSS, was understood to be cut up with Vasundhara Raje till recently because her decisions, such as the demolition of the temples, went against their interests. They did not cooperate whole-heartedly with the Vasundhara Raje government.
Rift within BJP
Vasundhara Raje was not seen as being on the same page as the BJP’s national leadership, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and party president Amit Shah. For instance, the appointment of Rajasthan BJP state president remained in limbo for a long time because of disagreement on names. This perception went against her.
Rajasthan is known for returning alternate governments every assembly election for the past 20 years. Narendra Modi and Amit Shah sought to dispel this notion but seem to have failed to convince the voters.
Not just the BJP government but also a large number of MLAs were facing anti-incumbency. The officials in the field, due to disconnect with the people, also contributed to this anger.
News credit : indiatoday