JAIPUR: Even as the ruling party is busy brushing aside the speculations of strong opposition and anti-incumbency, the signs for these are now clearly visible.
A day after black flags were waived at CM Vasundhara Raje in Jaisalmer, stone-pelting and slogan shouting against the chief minister marked the second day of her Gaurav Yatra in Jodhpur division on Saturday. It is believed that some youths from the aggrieved Rajput community had pelted stones on government vehicles which were following Raje‘s ‘Vijay Rath‘.
Stone were pelted at the vehicles near Baori village in , where Raje was scheduled to address a public meeting. She was on her way there after addressing a public meeting at Osian, where too youths had raised slogans against local BJP MLAs and tore posters as a mark of protest. At Osian, protesters belonging to a particular community blocked roads, tore down Raje‘s posters and also blocked roads after CM‘s address.
Protesters raise slogans against sitting BJP MLA from Shergarh
It was a difficult task for the police to prevent the protesters from tearing Raje’s posters and also to calm down the demonstrators. They also burnt tyres and affected road transport. However, police managed to disperse the protesting youths. Ahead of that, at Shekhala, protesters had raised slogans against Babu Lal Rathore, sitting BJP MLA from Shergarh.
Lat Baori, the stone-pelting led to breaking of a window pane of the car in which cabinet minister Kalicharan Saraf was travelling. Saraf escaped unhurt in the incident. “A stone hit my car and it has broken a window pane. Some youths hurled stones on the convoy,” said Saraf from Jodhpur.
Ahead of the assembly polls, Raje is taking out Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra in different parts of the state. While her public meetings are drawing crowds, she is also facing opposition in several pockets, which she had claimed is natural for a ruling party.
With poll battle drawing nearer, BJP is facing stiff protest from the Rajput community, particularly in the Marwar region. It is believed that the Rajputs are livid over different issues including encounter of Chatur Singh by Jaisalmer police, denying ticket to senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh in Lok Sabha polls and also Raje’s decision to oppose appointment of Jodhpur MP and junior Union minister Gajendra Singh Skekhawat as party’s state president.
It is the second phase of her yatra, during which, she would cover 32 of the 33 assembly constituencies in six districts of the Jodhpur division.
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