Vasundhara Raje's "Silence" On Rajasthan May Be Strategy: Union Minister

Vasundhara Raje's "Silence" On Rajasthan May Be Strategy: Union Minister

The "silence" of senior BJP leader Vasundhara Raje Scindia on the political developments in Rajasthan can be a "strategy", her party colleague and Union Minister Gajendra Shekhawat said on Sunday. In an interview to PTI, Mr Shekhawat, who has been accused by Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot of trying to topple his government, also alleged that it was the Congress leader who had orchestrated the political "drama" in the state to target his rivals in the party and outside. "He has been unable to digest that I defeated his son in Lok Sabha elections and is trying everything against me, by hook or by crook to avenge his defeat," said Mr Shekhawat, who represents Jodhpur and had defeated Vaibhav Gehlot in the 2019 Lok Sabha election by more than 2.74 lakh votes. Underlining that the BJP has nothing to do with the political crisis in Rajasthan, Mr Shekhawat maintained that it is the fallout of the infighting in the Congress involving Mr Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot. "With this ongoing drama in the state, he (Gehlot) wants to eliminate Sachin (Pilot) and others from the party. He is blaming the BJP for this entire crisis and trying to tarnish the image of its leadership," Mr Shekhawat said. When asked about former chief minister Vasundhara Raje Scindia being largely silent on the issue, Mr Shekhawat said, "Well Vasundharaji's silence can be a strategy and sometimes silence is louder than words." He, however, refused to elaborate. When the Gehlot-Pilot feud spilled into the ...
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