क्या वसुंधरा राजस्थान में नई पार्टी बनाने जा रही हैं?

राजस्थान में पूर्व मुख्यमंत्री श्रीमती वसुंधरा राजे और संघ लॉबी में बंटी भाजपा में फिलवक्त सुलह होती नहीं दिख रही, सो एक बार इस प्रकार की खबरें आ रही हैं कि यदि भाजपा हाईकमान ने श्रीमती राजे को आगामी विधानसभा चुनाव में टिकट वितरण में फ्री हैंड नहीं दिया तो वे अपनी अलग क्षेत्रीय पार्टी बना सकती हैं। टाइम्स ऑफ इंडिया, दिल्ली के शुक्रवार के अंक में फ्रंट पेज पर लीड स्टोरी शाया करते हुए इस बात की संभावना जताई गई है। हालांकि श्रीमती राजे ने तुरंत इसका खंडन पुरजोर शब्दों में किया है, लेकिन इससे इस आशय के संकेत मिलते हैं कि कहीं न कहीं कुछ गड़बड़ है। संभव है वसुंधरा विरोधियों ने उन्हें बदनाम करने के लिए इस प्रकार की खबर छपवाई हो, जिसकी की आशंका स्वयं वसुंधरा राजे भी व्यक्त कर रही हैं। कयास ये भी लगाया जा सकता है कि यह स्टोरी वसुंधरा खेमे की उपज हो, ताकि हाईकमान स्थिति की गंभीरता को समझे।
यहां उल्लेखनीय है कि पिछली बार जब वसुंधरा राजे को विधानसभा में नेता प्रतिपक्ष पद से इस्तीफा देने के लिए मजबूर किया गया था, तब भी इस बात की आशंकाएं जाहिर की गई थीं कि विधायकों का पूर्ण बहुमत साथ होने पर भी हाईकमान की दादागिरी से तंग आ कर वे नई पार्टी का गठन कर सकती हैं। वे इतनी सक्षम भी हैं। मगर एक साल तक नेता प्रतिपक्ष का पद खाली रहने के बाद जब उन्हें फिर से इस पद से नवाजा गया तो बात आई गई हो गई। पिछले दिनों जब पूर्व मंत्री गुलाब चंद कटारिया मेवाड़ में रथयात्रा निकालना चाहते थे, तब भी बड़ा भारी बवाल हुआ और वसुंधरा ने विधायकों के इस्तीफे मंगवा कर हाईकमान पर दबाव बनाया था। वह विवाद आज भी नहीं थमा है। अब भी कटारिया व पूर्व मंत्री ललित किशोर चतुर्वेदी आए दिन यही बयान दे रहे हैं कि पार्टी ने किसी नेता को मुख्यमंत्री पद के रूप में प्रोजेक्ट करके चुनाव लडऩे का निर्णय नहीं किया है, जबकि पार्टी की राष्ट्रीय महामंत्री श्रीमती किरण माहेश्वरी सहित अन्य नेता बार-बार कह रहे हैं कि राजस्थान की भावी मुख्यमंत्री वसुंधरा ही होंगी। इन्हीं बयानबाजियों के बीच टाइम्स ऑफ इंडिया की ताजा खबर ने एक बार फिर भाजपा में हलचल पैदा कर दी है। जयपुर में दिनभर चली सरगरमी के बाद आखिरकार वसुंधरा राजे को इस खबर का खंडन जारी करना पड़ा।
आइये, देखिए टाइम्स ऑफ इंडिया की स्टोरी में क्या-क्या कहा गया है। पेश है हूबहू रिपोर्ट:-
Raje to break away from BJP to form own party?
Miffed Over High Command Not Giving Free Hand
Akhilesh Kumar Singh TNN

Jaipur: Even as BJP battles instability in its Karnataka unit along with former CM B S Yeddyurappa threatening to walk out, a bombshell seems to be waiting to explode for the party in Rajasthan, with Vasundhara Raje on the verge of revolting against party’s central leadership. Raje, former Rajasthan CM and currently the leader of opposition in the state assembly, is considering walking away with a big chunk of “loyalists” to float her own regional party before assembly polls in the state — due in December next year — if the leadership does not recognize her pre-eminence in the state unit. Raje has demanded a say in the appointment of state chief, and an upper hand in the distribution of party tickets for the assembly polls.
Raje is widely acknowledged to be the only leader in the BJP with a pan-state appeal: Something which defies Rajasthan’s reputation as a conservative state and has baffled political observers and sociologists alike.
It is also recognized that sabotage was the chief reason why she failed to pull off a win in the last assembly election despite coming close to pulling off one in the face of anti-incumbency.
The grouse of Raje and her supporters is that the appreciation of her being the best bet for the party is not reflected in way central leadership has been conducting its affairs, insisting on parity in the party between her and the “leaders who have no influence outside their assembly constituencies”.
The indulgence of indiscipline has encouraged disproportionate ambitions, dealing a blow to the authority of the leadership. “Devi Singh Bhati (Kolayat MLA) has launched an independent campaign and challenged the party leadership to stop his campaign. Gulab Chand Kataria is already moving places. There is no discipline in the party and senior leaders are shy of projecting Vasundharaj ias a party leader. That leaves her with no option but to think about options beyond BJP,” said a Raje loyalist.
ROYAL REBEL
Vasundhara Raje was chief minister of Rajasthan from December 8, 2003 to December 11, 2008
First woman chief minister of the state
Initiated into politics by her mother Vijay Raje Scindia in 1982
Won 4 consecutive Lok Sabha polls from Jhalwar from 1989 onwards
Then BJP party president Rajnath Singh forced her to resign as leader of opposition in Rajasthan in Oct 2009
Reinstated as leader of opposition in state after Gadkari took over as BJP’s national president
Recently threatened to quit party over Gulab Chand Kataria’s anti-corruption campaign, forcing Kataraia to shelve his plan
Sources in Raje camp claim 70 of 79 BJP MLAs have expressed their support for her 70 out of 79 MLAs may be backing Raje
Jaipur: Former chief minister Vasundhara Raje is planning to break away from the BJP and float her own regional party before the assembly polls. “Madam (Raje) was aghast at the national leaders’ indifference towards her repeated demand for a free hand in the run-up to assembly polls in the state,” BJP MLAs aligned with Raje told TOI.
A leader from the Raje camp claimed that 70 out of the 79 MLAs have expressed their support to Raje, and several other party leaders are also willing to follow suit. While efforts to contact Raje proved futile, her trusted lieutenant and party chief whip in the state assembly, Rajendra Singh Rathore also refused to comment on the issue. “I have no information in this regard,” he said.
Raje camp insiders said that they were in touch with a few independent legislators, including the six “turncoat” MLAs elected from the BSP who went on to join the Congress, providing a majority to the Ashok Gehlot government.
Raje is also said to be mulling over an alliance with the BSP as that will not only strengthen them in eastern Rajasthan but also fetch a sizeable number of Muslim votes.
The BSP did well in eastern Rajasthan during the 2008 assembly polls in the state as six MLAs were elected and several of its candidates finished runners-up.
The trouble in Rajasthan unit spells serious concern for the party. BJP is hoping for a good tally of Lok Sabha seats from the state, but the prospect could suffer a setback if Raje heeds her supporters to go her separate way.
Raje could be the latest addition to a long list of regional satraps of the BJP, who have had a falling out with the national leadership. Yeddyurappa is also toying with the idea of floating a regional party as the high command has refused to reinstate him as chief minister of Karnataka. The party has still not recovered from the loss caused by the exit of Kalyan Singh in Uttar Pradesh and Babulal Marandi has emerged a strong regional force in Jharkhand after parting ways with the BJP.
The trend of satraps launching their own outfits is also seen as fallout of the vanishing Hindutva fervour and BJP’s failure to find a replacement for the charismatic Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
After attending the recent assembly session in the state, Raje is camping in New Delhi. She met with several senior party leaders in the national capital to convince them about giving her a free hand to take final calls about the assembly polls. It was learnt that Raje also asked for state party chief Arun Chaturvedi to be substituted by a colleague of her choice, and rejection of the candidature of Gulab Chand Kataria, her detractor for the post.
Senior leaders have rejected her demands and suggested that they will let her lead the party but no “free hand” will be encouraged as unanimity ought to be maintained among senior state leaders on all major issues.
Kataria is a known Raje baiter and has already tried to open a parallel front as he planned a “rath yatra” against corruption in the beginning of this year. Raje vehemently opposed Kataria’s proposed campaign and that latter had to cancel the plan.
Reports suggest that Kataria, this time around, has got support of other senior state leaders including Ghanshyam Tiwadi (deputy leader of opposition), Arun Chaturvedi (current state president), Lalit Chaturvedi and Narpat Singh Rajvi (son-in-law of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat). These leaders have reportedly maintained a concerted pressure on the BJP top brass to make sure that Raje was not allowed to “dictate” her will and that other leaders are also given the due consideration on party matters.
अब देखिए, श्रीमती राजे की ओर से जारी खंडन का हूबहू मजमून:-
नेता प्रतिपक्ष श्रीमती वसुन्धरा राजे का बयान
पार्टी के साथ मेरे और मेरे परिवार के रिश्तों पर मुझे कोई स्पष्टीकरण देने की आवश्यकता नहीं है। ये तो विरोधी दलों और कुछ स्वार्थी लोगों का राजनीतिक षडय़ंत्र है जो मेरे खिलाफ मीडिया में असत्य, भ्रामक और आधारहीन खबरें छपवाकर मेरी छवि को नुकसान पहुंचाना चाहते हैं। राजस्थान की जनता का प्यार और आशीर्वाद मेरे साथ है। इसलिये ऐसी खबरों से मैं विचलित होने वाली नहीं हूं और न ही ऐसी खबरों से भाजपा जैसी मजबूत पार्टी टूटने वाली है।
यह भी दुर्भाग्य की बात है कि टाइम्स ऑफ इण्डिया जैसे प्रतिष्ठित समाचार पत्र ने ऐसे लोगों के साथ मिलकर यह खबर प्रकाशित की है जो कि अवमाननापूर्ण है।
( वसुन्धरा राजे )
-तेजवानी गिरधर
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