Why Bhajan Lal Sharma made two trips to national capital to meet BJP’s top brass?

Reportedly ever since Bhajan Lal Sharma took oath as the new chief minister of rajasthan on december 15, he has made two trips to the national capital to meet the BJP’s top brass. Sources say the new administration informed raj Bhawan to start preparations for oath taking of the ministers by this Monday. Reports has learnt that the Governor’s house immediately made logistical arrangements. In fact, tents are already in for the event. There was massive speculation that it would take place on Wednesday, which did not happen. Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot took potshots at the bjp by highlighting “despair” in the absence of a cabinet even after three weeks of sweeping to power. So, what is stopping the bjp from going ahead with the new cabinet formation?

When asked, bjp state president CP Joshi said: “You will get to know the details about it (cabinet formation) very soon.” Pressed for the names or number of ministers, Joshi said: “You will be informed as finer details emerge”. Meanwhile, a Rajput leader of the rajasthan bjp told News18 that the names that have been sent are a mix of youth and old horses. However, he added that Sharma has been keen on giving importance to the younger leadership.

Moreover in a caste-sensitive society like rajasthan, bjp knows the importance of not being seen to hurt any segment. In 2018, bjp lost its traditional support base of Rajputs which they managed to win back this time by sweeping Mewar. Similarly, there are 10 Brahmin MLAs this time. Now, they want a fair share of their community in Rajasthan’s power circuit. Ironing out the nuanced nitty-gritties may take a while for bjp chief JP Nadda. “We will have to wait till then. As of now, we know as much as you guys (media) know. The moment a nod comes, you will know immediately. Till then, all MLAs have been advised to stay put in their constituencies they have won from instead of huddling in Jaipur,” said the senior bjp source, himself hoping for a cabinet berth.

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