Rajathan Polls on December 7, 2018: Facing severe anti-incumbency sentiment ruling BJP suspends eleven rebels

As the Assembly poll in Rajasthan is nearing, the crack in the ruling BJP dispensation became more evident, as more rebels are coming out in the public against the party, which promptly suspended eleven rebels that includes four ministers in Vasundara Raje led Government, to stem the rot. Already facing a humongous anti-incumbency wave, the disunity among the cadre is not helping the party any better in terms of making it to the Assembly once again. The rebels who faced action as they refused to withdraw their nominations for the upcoming assembly elections in Rajasthan.

BJP Chief Ministerial Candidate Vasundhara Raje.

As per the press statement issued by the BJP Rajasthan unit yesterday, eleven rebels have been shown the door by suspending them from the primary membership of the party for six years. The suspended members include Lakshminarayan Dave, Radheshyam Ganganagar, Surendra Goyal, Hemsing Bhhadana, Rameshwar bhati, Rajkumar Rinava, Kuldeep Dhankad, Anita Katara, Kishanram Nai and Deendayal Kumavat.

In the Rajasthan Assembly polls to be conducted on December 7, 2018, although many rebels from the ruling BJP did file nominations, many of the sitting MLAs quit the party after being dropped. With the dissent in the BJP more pronounced, along with the anti-incumbency factor, it is not a smooth sail for the BJP to stage a come back.

The main focus this time around would be the Jhairapathan Assembly seat, where the Chief Minister Raje is facing the BJP rebel MLA Manvendra Singh, now a Congress candidate, who might find the going tough. Apparently, when his father, the former Union Minister, Jaswant Singh was denied a ticket at the 2014 Lok Sabha hustings, Manvendra’s relationship with BJP leadership went awry.

Rebel Issue

The BJP is not the only party which is facing the rebel candidates issue, as the Congress too is facing the same situation, albeit in a larger scale. The local media reported that there were in excess of 40 rebels in the Congress party that includes four former ministers, who could possibly upset the apple cart and spoiling its dream of wresting power from the BJP.

Despite anti-incumbency factor, the BJP leadership has decided to make Vasundara Raje as its Chief Ministerial candidate. Although, Raje is seen at the election campaign pretty much confident, it remains to be known, whether her confidence has any bearing at all, after the election result comes. It may be recalled that the BJP National President, Amit Shah had stated during the campaign in Rajasthan last week that the poll results in states such as Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgargh will set the trend for the 2019 Lok Sabha Polls. In fact, Shah has given indication to the other political parties that a victory for the BJP in the next year’s national election would eventually clear the path to rule the country for the next half century. Whether it is a tall claim or not, only time can tell.