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Rajasthan BJP meet on April 2 in Jaipur to decide on Leader of Opposition

The recent appointment of CP Joshi as State President has turned the party's attention toward selecting a new Leader of the Opposition

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March 31, 2023, 10:58 am

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CP Joshi was recently appointed Rajasthan BJP president. Now the party's focus is on the appointment of Leader of Opposition.

JAIPUR: As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan gears up for the upcoming state assembly elections, it has initiated a series of strategic leadership changes to bolster its chances in the polls.

The recent appointment of CP Joshi as State President has turned the party’s attention toward selecting a new Leader of the Opposition, with the decision expected to be announced on April 2.

A meeting of the BJP Legislature Party, scheduled for April 2 at 3 pm, will bring together key party figures, including State In-charge Arun Singh, BJP President CP Joshi, and Organization General Secretary Chandrashekhar, to discuss the matter.

A decision regarding the Leader of the Opposition is anticipated during this meeting with Rajendra Rathore among the potential candidates.

Caste dynamics will also play a significant role in the selection process, as the BJP recently appointed a Brahmin to the post of state president. The party will carefully consider its choices in light of the upcoming assembly elections, with several prominent BJP leaders vying for the position.

In a related development, the appointment of Gulabchand Kataria, the former Leader of the Opposition in Rajasthan, as the Governor of Assam has led to mounting speculation within the BJP about its next moves in the state. As the party awaits the announcement of Kataria’s replacement, the most discussed candidate for the position is Deputy Leader Rajendra Rathore. Party insiders revealed that Rathore was a contender for the role in 2018 when Kataria was chosen but was informed that he might assume the position after two years.

The caste equation within the Rajasthan BJP is another factor supporting the possibility of Rathore’s appointment as the Leader of the Opposition. The Rajput community, considered the party’s strongest vote bank, experienced discontent with the BJP during the last assembly elections, leading to electoral losses. By selecting a new Leader of the Opposition, the party aims to regain the community’s support in the upcoming elections.

First published: March 31, 2023
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