Rajasthan CM announcement: Key Details at the moment
On December 11, BJP state general secretary and MLA Bhajanlal Sharma said the meeting of the BJP Legislature Party had been called at 4 pm on December 12, 2023, at the BJP state office and registration of all newly elected MLAs of the BJP would start at 1.30 pm.
The party has designated Defence Minister Rajnath Singh as an observer. He will be joined by two co-observers, National Vice President Saroj Pandey and National General Secretary Vinod Tawde, during the meeting.
Ex-chief minister Vasundhara Raje and Union ministers Arjun Ram Meghwal, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat are heavyweights said to be contenders for the Chief Minister’s position in Rajasthan. Ex-bureaucrat turned politician, Ashwini Vaishnaw’s name is also included in the list.
Rajasthan is one of the three states won by the BJP in the recent elections.
On Monday, MLAs were briefed about the upcoming legislature party meeting, during which the central leadership of the BJP will disclose its selection for the post.
This comes nine days after the announcement of results on December 03, 2023. Several MLAs have called on former Raje in recent days in what was seen as a show of support, amid speculation over what the party will decide. She also met party leaders in Delhi.
However, the party leaders including Rajendra Rathore, who lost the elections, said there is no tradition of a show of strength in the BJP.
He said on Monday that MLAs go to meet senior leaders to exchange wishes and it should not be seen in that sense only and asserted that all BJP leaders in the state are united. The BJP won a majority of 115 out of the 199 contested seats, with polling delayed in one constituency due to the demise of a candidate.