JAISALMER: Chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s second leg of Gaurav Yatra in Jaisalmer, on Friday, witnessed the waving of black flags by members of the Rajput Karni Sena.

It was during her public address at Jaisalmer in Jodhpur division, that a couple of youngsters showed her black flags, which reflected the difficulty that the ruling party is likely to face, in pacifying the Rajput community in the region. They also raised slogans in support of senior BJP leader , before being driven away by the police.

Unfazed, Raje said that these black flags worked as ‘kala teeka’ and have always worked for her in an auspicious manner. “These black flags do not bother me, they work as ‘kala teekas’ and are auspicious,” Raje said.

The chief minister, after addressing women at the ‘Sarvajati Shakti Sammelan’, where the turnout of local Rajput women was weak, was addressing another public meeting at Jaisalmer, which received an overwhelming response.

Raje has kicked-off the second leg of her yatra, during which, she would cover 32 of the 33 assembly constituencies in six districts of Jodhpur division, by paying a visit to the Tanot Mata and Baba Ramdev temples. Dressed in a green sari and beaming with confidence, she spoke for around 35 minutes in which she remembered former PM late , saying that he had a connection with that place. She announced that an ‘Atal Shakti Sthal’ would be constructed at Pokhran, in memory of Vajpayee. “It was Vajpayee who made India a super power,’’ she said while making the announcement.

In her speech, she lashed out at the Congress over several issues, including the Barmer refinery. “The governments that ruled for 40 years failed to do anything for the people. How can they even ask for votes?,’’ she said. Speaking on the Barmer refinery, she said that at present, the work is in progress and around Rs 400 crore have already been spent. “When the refinery will start, small industries will develop in the districts of Jaisalmer and Barmer, and people will get employment,” she assured.

Raje said Pokhran-Balotara lift scheme was prepared by her in 2005, but in 2008, Congress came to power and brushed it under the carpet, due to which the cost increased. “After coming to power in 2013, we again took up this scheme and today, the work is going on speedily. Around 62 villages are getting drinking water, and Siwana and Balotara towns, including 386 villages in Barmer, and 177 villages in Jaisalmer, will also be benefitted,’’ she said. Making several announcements, Raje assured the locals that the pending works in Jaisalmer district would be completed soon.

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