There has been a communication gap in conveying the government’s welfare measures in Rajasthan and this has been addressed, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar has said as the state goes to the polls on Friday to choose a new Assembly amidst reports of anti-incumbency jitters for Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje.
He also conceded that incidents of lynchings in the state were bad but the Raje government had taken swift action in those cases.
“The issue was a communication gap to an extent and we in the party forum started effective communication. The 2nd, 3rd and 4th (of November) were the three revolutionary days when millions of our workers went to more than two crore families and they saw that people were so happy with (the government’s) schemes because many benefits reached the masses. They speak for those because the people are grateful and not ungrateful,” Javadekar told IANS in an interview.
Beneficiaries of welfare schemes are the messengers of BJP in the elections and the poor have “decisively shifted” to the party as they see Prime Minister Narendra Modi as one of them, said Javadekar, the BJP’s poll in-charge in Rajasthan.
He also said BJP was fighting the election on the issue of development. The Vasundhara Raje government has fulfilled 95 per cent of its promises and will break the jinx of past 20 years in which Congress and BJP have alternated in power after every five years.
Javadekar, who was the poll in-charge of Karnataka, where the BJP emerged as the single largest party in the polls held earlier this year, was asked about the shortcomings he saw when he was given charge of the state.
He denied that it was a difficult election for the BJP.
“Once Congress, once BJP has happened for the last 20 years. But this time we will break that jinx and we will repeat because voters overall in the country have changed. The poorer sections of society feel Modi as one of them. They have shifted decisively from Congress to BJP and, therefore, Congress which had 16 states in 2014, is now reduced to only four while the BJP, which had six states, has risen to 19. So this is the decisive shift in Indian politics and we are going to repeat it,” he said.
Asked if BJP was facing anti-incumbency as it denied tickets to 43 MLAs, he said the party was facing “pro-incumbency”.
“This is not anti-incumbency, this is pro-incumbency where you always change 25 per cent change of your MLAs and that is based on assessment of constituencies.”
The BJP leader rejected poll surveys that have shown that Congress is ahead in the electoral battle.