Putting at rest the speculations about her support to the Congress MLAs of the Ashok Gehlot camp, senior BJP leader and former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday said she had been serving as a “loyal worker” of the party for three decades and she stood with the BJP and its ideology.
Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal, convener of the Rashtriya Loktantrik Party whose three MLAs support the Opposition BJP in the State Assembly, had recently alleged that Ms. Raje had thrown her lot with the Congress MLAs owing allegiance to Mr. Gehlot.
Takes to Twitter
Ms. Raje said in a Twitter post that some people were trying to spread confusion on political developments in the State without ascertaining facts. “I have been serving the public for the last three decades and I stand with the party and its ideology,” she said.
Mr. Beniwal had alleged that Ms. Raje had been trying to save the “minority government” of Mr. Gehlot and had even called up some Congress MLAs, who were close to her, asking them to support the beleaguered Chief Minister.
The 67-year-old, two-time Chief Minister broke her silence earlier in the day on the political turmoil following the Congress leader Sachin Pilot’s rebellion. Ms. Raje said it was unfortunate that the people in the State were paying for the discord within the Congress.
“The Congress is trying to shift the blame on the BJP and the party's leadership,” Ms. Raje tweeted, adding there was no point in trying to drag the BJP and its leaders’ names through the mud. “It is the interest of our people that must remain paramount!” she said.
While asking the ruling Congress to pay attention to people’s issues, Ms. Raje listed the difficulties being faced by the common people. “At a time when COVID-19 has claimed more than 500 lives and positive cases are close to 28,000... locusts are attacking farmers' fields… crimes against women are at an all-time high… when there is a problem of electricity across the State... And I’m only naming a few of the problems faced by people.”
“Think of the people!!!!” Ms. Raje, elected to the Assembly from Jhalrapatan constituency in the 2018 election, said at the end of her statement.