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ALERT: MODI’S ‘VIKAS KI AANDHI’ IN BIKANER TODAY!
After mammoth public meetings at Dausa, Bhilwara, Nathdwara and Ajmer, now once again ‘Game Changer’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Bikaner today. While Modi will inaugurate the Greenfield Expressway between Amritsar and Jamnagar, built at a cost of Rs 20,000 crore, he will also inaugurate various other developmental projects worth crore of rupees. Notably, this will be PM Modi’s seventh visit to the desert State in the past nine months, which includes his visits to Abu Road in September 2022 and Banswara in November 2022, a hint to how serious the saffron party is regarding its future in Rajasthan.
On the flip side, with PM’s visit, the BJP is eyeing to ‘smitten’ voters of no less than 30 Assembly and 4 Lok Sabha constituencies. So far, top BJP leaders including Home Minister Amit Shah, BJP President JP Nadda and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh have visited Udaipur, Bharatpur and Jodhpur respectively.
In such a short span of 3 months, Modi has again chosen to visit Rajasthan with an ‘indirect’ idea of mobilising BJP workers for upcoming 2023 Assembly polls in Rajasthan. On the same lines, another mastermind strategist Union Home Minister Amit Shah has also visited Bharatpur and Udaipur and tried to change the Congress ‘roadmap’ in these areas. There is no doubt about it that a recent Gehlot - Pilot patch up (at least on the face value), massive Gehlot freebie campaign and a likely Muslim vote polarisation poses a serious challenge to the saffron party, which, in absence of some regional face, is going to mainly depend on the grassroot strategy of Amit Shah and the popular face of Narendra Modi.
Although various surveys conducted so far indicate a contradictory position, but still Congress, if not having a marginal lead, is believed to have at least a neck to neck fight with the BJP.
After the appointment of CP Joshi as the State party chief and Rajendra Rathore as the CLP leader, Modi-Shah have executed one more smart move by putting the Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Coal and Mines Pralhad Joshi as Rajasthan election in-charge. Moreover, former Haryana Congress leader Kuldeep Bishnoi and former Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel are appointed as co-in charges and the duo will coordinate the electioneering for the saffron party.
It may only be a coincidence that all the 3 leaders enjoy a very ‘cordial relationship’ and wavelength with the towering Rajasthan BJP leader, who is based in New Delhi and not handling the ‘active politics’. Incidentally, as a party man, this leader is the only one who is confident of BJP winning 140 seats in upcoming polls.