Raje places trust in her team; extends hand to the Jats
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s new cabinet seems to be a clear reflection of balance of caste and regional equations apart from preparing the party for the 2018 Vidhan Sabha and 2019 Lok Sabha elections. It seems that the party has targeted Dalit and Jat vote bank as these communities have been the focus in the cabinet expansion.
The state government has two years of tenure left and the latest cabinet expansion seems to be the last one. This is why six MLAs – one Jat, one Scheduled Caste, one Scheduled Tribe, one from Sindhi community, one belonging to Other Backward Classes and one from the General category have been inducted.
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By giving a berth to SC and ST MLAs in her cabinet, Raje seems to clearly target SC-ST vote bank. On the other hand, an effort to please Yadav community has also been made by giving entry to Dr Jaswant Singh as a cabinet minister.
It was feared that after the exit of Sanwarlal Jat from the union minister rank and Dr Hari Singh and Subhash Meharia joining Congress, the Jat could distance from the BJP but in order to appease the Jat community, Ajay Singh Kilak has been made as the cabinet minister.
As far as balancing representation of regions in the state cabinet is concerned, Babulal Verma from Kota region has been promoted as cabinet minister while Kamsa Meghwal from Jodhpur replaces Arjun Lal Garg.
Furthermore, Shushil Katara and Dhan Singh Rawat have been made state ministers and these represent Udaipur in place of Jeetmal Khant who has been shown the door. Srichand Kriplani represents Chittorgarh region. Now, Sikar too has representation in the cabinet with Khadela MLA Bansidhar Bajiya. Shushil Katara now represents Scheduled Tribes in the cabinet while Kamsa Meghwal and Arjunlal Garg represent Scheduled Castes.
Even in the latest cabinet rejig, Kota district still lacks a representation. Induction of Prahlad Gunjal from Kota was highly anticipated. Similar is the fate of Tonk, Jalore, Jaisalmer, Bhilwara, Dholpur, Karauli, Jhunjhunu which are BJP dominated but still lacks a minister in the state cabinet.
The expansion has left the Brahmin and Vaisya communities empty handed this time when as elevation of Rajkumar Rinwa was expected while induction of senior MLA Suryakanta Vyas, Ramlal Verma, Gopal Joshi was highly anticipated
By giving a berth to SC and ST MLAs in her cabinet, Raje seems to clearly target SC-ST vote bank. On the other hand, an effort has also been made to please Yadav community.
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