Jhalrapatan, (Rajasthan), Nov 22: Dismissing speculation, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s son and Jhalawar Lok Sabha MP Dushyant Singh on Thursday asserted the BJP will return to power in the state.
In an exclusive interview in Nimbakhera village in his mother’s Assembly constituency, Dushyant was categorical in declaring that “BJP will form government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Party President Amit Shah and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje”.
Raje is the party’s chief ministerial candidate. The state goes to polls on December 7 and results will be declared on December 11.Asked about the basis for his confidence Dushyant said, “the development works done in the state under Vasundhara government.’’
According to him, the party will cross the benchmark of 100 seats to form the government. In 2013 the party had won 163 seats out of 200 and in 2014 general elections, it romped home on all the 25 Lok Sabha seats.
“She has been the only incumbent Chief Minister to have visited every district,’’ said the scion of the erstwhile Dholpur royal family referring to Raje’s Gaurav Yatra road shows and asserted that the government’s development works had been all-inclusive.
“We are taking everyone into confidence and people are joining the BJP. Media and psephologists are making predictions but we are forming the government,’’ he reiterated.
In a bid to dislodge Raje, who has been elected from Jhalrapatan thrice, the Congress has fielded Manvendra Singh, son of former BJP Union Minister Jaswant Singh. Manvendra is said to be out to ‘’avenge’’ his father being denied BJP ticket from Barmer in 2014 general elections. He had then contested as an Independent and lost.
Manvendra was till recently BJP MLA from Sheo in Barmer, about 500 kms from Jhalrapatan. He left the party a month ago, joined the Congress and was given ticket to contest against Raje. Earlier Manvendra’s wife Chitra was trying to enter the fray on Congress ticket.
Raje had defeated Rama Pilot in 2003 and Mohan Lal in 2008 and Meenakshi Chadrawat in 2013. (UNI)