The queen has all mules in her cavalries while old and biting horses remained bolted. High necked camels – though symbol of Rajasthan, has no place in the queen’s court. Only problem is that in Thar Desert, one needs either horses or donkeys to fighting a battle.
With one of dullest oath taking ceremony at Raj Bhawan in Jaipur, Vasundhara Raje is all set to make a record in India for highest number of ministers loosing election in next assembly polls in 2018. More interesting is appointment as parliamentary secretaries which is largely looked like ‘pay for your red-bacon’ arrangement. The most eligible candidate for ministry – Prahlad Gunjal is again ignored and remains in wilderness of Hadoti. Only question being how long he will be able to contain his wild boar like instincts.
Rajasthan hoped from Vasundhara Raje, who is stylish, courageous (sometime outrageous), well connected and comparatively ahead from contemporaries in new ideation and implementation, for a regime which could developed into a metaphor of change in lives of farmers, artisans, poor, Dalits and minorities. But Vasundhara Raje’s second regime is proving to be a step backward, rather than going forward for Rajasthan. Vasundhara Raje is running a status quo government and history have proved again and again that status quo always helps the elites not the poor and downtrodden.
Gulab Chand Kataria, the senior most ministers seems to have accepted the political oblivion as his fate under Vasundhara Raje while the wily Rajendra Rathore is sulking in full public glare. Interestingly Rajendra Rathore’s coterie is regularly getting freebies of political postings like for Digambar Singh earlier and for Rohitash Kumar recently, which raises doubt that if he is really out of favor of the queen or just trying to create butchering ground for disgruntled, before the battle begins.
Kiran Maheshwari, with her strong Delhi connection, has been regularly ruffled wrong way by Vasundhara Raje in last three years, through ACB raids. Her feathers have been plucked again as she is been practically demoted to Sanskrit education from cash ringing water supply ministry. Surendra Goyal from Jaitaran got second time lucky as in fag end of Raje’s last regime he was made UDH minister and now he has begged lucrative PHED.
The minister of Vasusndhara Raje who may come win election again in 2018 includes Gulab Chand Kataria, Nand Lal Meena, Rajendra Rathore, Kalicharan Saraf, Surendra Goyal, Kiran Maheshwari and Jaswant Yadav, Rajkumar Rinwa, Anita Bhadel, Krishnendra Kaur Deepa, Ota Ram, Pushpendra Singh and Kamsa Meghwal.
But those could not guarantee a win next time are many, including Ajay Singh Kilak, Arun Chaturvedi, Vasudev Devnani, Srichand Kriplani, Prabulal Saini, Gajendra Khimsar, Yunus Khan, Dr Rampratap, Hem Singh Bhadana, Rajpal Singh Shekhawat and Amra Ram along with more than 70 other MLAs.
It would be interesting to see if Vausndhara Raje fights on with her mule cavalry or choose to retire at Talab-i-Shahi like Rana Udaibhan Singh. ‘Ram-Pyari’ episode is still famous among connoisseurs of wines, brandy and most importantly – Sherry – the burnt wine.