Unemployment is widespread in Rajasthan, which voted for the BJP over its job promises in 2013.
Shekhawat’s appointment is considered to be politically sensitive as he reportedly doesn’t enjoy good rapport with Raje.
The BSP got 3.44% of the votes in the last assembly elections, with two of its candidates getting elected. Other parties like the NPP and INLD have not opened their cards yet.
Apart from that the BJP government has created 21,500 jobs for safai karamcharis (sweepers) benefitting mostly the dalit community. “Such initiatives may pay off well for the ruling party.
Rakesh Pareek, president of the Sewa Dal in Rajasthan, told ET that it would deploy trained workers in the identified constituencies to work for Congress’ victory.
“There are rules for gaushalas, but sanctuary is a new entity for rule book. We are deliberating to find a leeway to get this allotment through,” said a senior govt official.
In the past six months, the state has withdrawn hundreds of criminal cases against Gujjars, Dalits and Rajputs during agitations organised by these communities.
Ex-royalty Raseshwari Rajya Lakshmi, who is yet to announce her allegiance to any party, finds support from masses across castes.
BJP in-charge of Rajasthan Avinash Rai Khanna said that the party will give tickets only to “winning” candidates.
Congress state chief Sachin Pilot said that the rally will expose promises made by Raje government.
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