Four years later, Ashok Gehlot intimidates the saffron party as party in-charge in Gujarat, his health minister. Raghu Sharma has now been entrusted with the same task. by the party as the chief for the 2022 Gujarat elections.
Several factors came into play for Sharma to be selected for the post. Earlier, unlike in 2017, Gehlot is now the chief minister. Thereafter, he brought the party closest to victory in Gujarat in decades.
As the Chief Minister of Rajasthan, he may not play the same role in Gujarat, but his expertise on the state is indispensable. Party sources said Gehlot will play a key role from the “back end” through Sharma, who is not entirely known for his political skills. Hence, Gehlot will keep an eye on the developments in Gujarat as Sharma does the leg work.
Second, Sharma shares good equations with Gehlot and the two have excellent coordination. The best example is Rajasthan’s handling of COVID, where the state has performed relatively better than some of its neighbours. While Gehlot led from the front, Sharma, as health minister, was complemented well by taking measures to control the disease.
On Saturday, at a press conference, Sharma said he has not yet had a lengthy talk with Gehlot on Gujarat, but praised him for the “amazing results” and added that “if necessary”, he would draw from his experiences. Will learn
Third, Sharma is Brahmin and the saffron party is doing identity politics, so it becomes important as Congress needs to correct the optics. After reaching Gujarat on Saturday for his proposed three-day visit to the state, Sharma first offered prayers at the Bhadrakali temple in Ahmedabad.
Fourth, there was speculation that Pilot might be handed over the responsibility by the party high command. By handing over the responsibility to Sharma instead, it cements Gehlot’s stature and helps him strengthen the party unit in Rajasthan. It also sends a subtle message that unlike in Punjab, the party high command is with the CM. Then, through Sharma, and first through Harish Choudhary as party observer for Punjab, the Congress is also hoping to elevate leaders other than Pilot in Rajasthan, who is currently after Gehlot in the state. .
Fifth, Sharma has been active in politics since his youth and is known to be outspoken when needed. “This will help them connect with youth leaders of the state such as Hardik Patel And Jignesh Mevani, and he too should not have a problem of not being taken seriously by the old people,” said a party leader. On Saturday, Sharma said, “During the days of student politics, when someone is imprisoned at the age of 17 or 18, that person neither worries about ED, IT, jail nor the courts.”
Finally, Sharma is not entirely new to Gujarat politics and in the 2002 assembly elections, he worked in four districts close to the Rajasthan border – Mehsana, Banaskantha, Sabarkantha and Patan – in more than two dozen assembly constituencies of the party. worked for. On Saturday he said that he was also with Sunil Dutt in 2005’s Dandi Travel When Dutt was the head of the yatra.
Sharma first became an MLA between 2008 and 2013 and then became an MP from Ajmer through a by-election in 2018. He resigned as an MP in December 2018 after being elected MLA from Kekri, Ajmer. On being entrusted with the responsibility of the Prime Minister and the Home Minister in the home state, Sharma said that the challenge should be tough. And if you find a way out of that challenge, it’s through your hard work.” Sharma said during his three-day visit he would hold one-on-one meetings with “senior leaders and leading organisations” as well as all party MLAs and district presidents.