Rajasthan Assembly elections: BJP's strategy yet to take off, Congress' preparations in full swing

The Congress had wrested Mandalgarh Assembly seat in Rajasthan from the BJP and had also won both the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats declared on February 1, 2018, bypolls results.

 Rajasthan Assembly elections: BJP's strategy yet to take off, Congress' preparations in full swing
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Jaipur: While Congress' preparation is going full-throttle in Rajasthan for the Assembly elections, the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) strategy is reportedly yet to be given a concrete shape.

As per Zee Media, the saffron party has neither put in place an election management committee, neither has it fixed a date for Suraj Vikas Yatra of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. The party is said to be still caught up with ministerial reshuffles and organisational changes. 

A 75-day yatra covering all 200 Assembly constituencies, had been planned earlier, which was to kick off from the tribal-dominated division of Udaipur. However, it has been put on hold now.

The February 1, 2018, bypolls results, wherein the Congress had wrested Mandalgarh Assembly seat in Rajasthan from the BJP and had also won both the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats, is said to have infused a new vigour in the grand old party.

Rajasthan minister Jaswant Singh Yadav was the BJP candidate from Alwar while former union minister Sanwar Lal Jat's son Ramswaroop Lamba was the saffron party's nominee from Ajmer. The ruling BJP had fielded Shakti Singh Hada as its candidate from the Mandalgarh Assembly constituency.

Congress' Vivek Dhakad was party's candidate form the Mandalgarh Assembly seat. Former MLA Raghu Sharma (Ajmer) and Karan Singh Yadav (Alwar) were the other two candidates of the Rahul Gandhi-led party in these bypolls.

The Congress had drawn a blank in Rajasthan in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Reports say that the Congress moved fast in getting the organisational structure in place soon after the bypoll results and constituted an election coordination committee with senior leaders. 

On the other hand, BJP's operations committee is yet to be given a formal shape and name. Rajasthan BJP MP Bhupender Yadav's name was doing the rounds as chairman of the committee, however, his name has not been formally announced yet.  CM Raje and other senior leaders will be part of this committee.

Only after the committee is formed, responsibilities will be handed out to various BJP leaders. Ticket distribution committee will be formed after this only. According to Zee Media, the delay in forming the election handling committee is said to be internal politics within the party.

(Reporting by Yogesh Sharma)

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