The Hush Post| 08:20pm| 2-min-read
A day after BJP leader Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore became one of the most high-profile exclusions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new cabinet of ministers, he posted a series of messages on Twitter praising the Prime Minister for his “vision, energy and commitment to our great nation”.
He thanked senior BJP leaders Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu and Smriti Irani for the “privilege and honour” of working with them.
“It was a great privilege and honour to serve as a member of PM @narendramodi Ji’s council of ministers. Every single moment spent with him was a testimony to his vision, energy and commitment to our great nation. My gratitude to PM Modi ji. Jai Hind,” the retired army colonel wrote.
According to a NDTV report, Rathore’s exclusion from the cabinet may be less about him being dropped from the government and more about being handed a prominent role in the Rajasthan unit of the BJP.
After poor performance in Assembly elections in 2018, the BJP was considering changing party leadership in Rajasthan. The party opted for Jodhpur legislator Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
However, this was not acceptable to a section of leaders, including then chief minister Vasundhara Raje, who felt an upper caste Rajput may alienate the other communities, especially the Jats. Madan Lal Saini was appointed then.
Now, with Rajyavardhan Rathore freed of ministerial duties a leadership change in Rajasthan could be on the cards.
Rajyavardhan Rathore retained his parliamentary seat in the recently concluded 2019 Lok Sabha polls, beating Congress candidate Krishna Poonia by 3.89 lakh votes from the Jaipur (rural) seat.
Rathore was in attendance on Thursday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his new cabinet took their oaths and were sworn-in to form the new government.
The silver-medal winning Olympian was in charge of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry in the previous government and also served as a Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Youth Affairs and Sports.