Balakanth, Diya Kumari out of CM race: BJP calls list fake

NEW DELHI | Updated: 06 December, 2023 9:27 pm IST
Balakanth, Diya Kumari out of CM race: BJP calls list fake

NEW DELHI: Sources close to probable Chief Minister Mahant Balaknath have revealed that the Yogi is no longer in contention to become the next CM of Rajasthan.

Earlier on Wednesday, a letter was being circulated on social media which suggested Balaknath would be appointed to the CM post, while Dr Kirodi Lal Meena and Diya Kumari, both from the Bharatiya Janata Party, would claim their positions as Deputy CMs.

Presently, even the positions of the two MLAs, Meena and Kumari, have been brought under scrutiny as their appointment has also been debunked. The Rajasthan BJP leadership had refuted the surfaced letter, calling it a baseless rumour.


Till now, the saffron party has not revealed its choice for CM in the state, although sources suggest that that they are planning on having one CM and two Deputy CMs in the state. Balaknath was previously considered as one of the big guns in the CM race.

The MLA, who won from the Tijara constituency, had held multiple meetings with Home Minister Amit Shah, Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh’s Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat, Uttar Pradesh CM, Yogi Adityanath and Ramdev had led to speculation about him becoming the next CM of the desert state.


However, it now appears that the party is slated to select someone else as the state’s CM.

Party sources have revealed that in the competition, seven leaders are gunning for the CM’s office, including former CM Vasundhara Raje, Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat and  Kumari.

Princess Kumari had scored a victory by a massive margin crossing 71,000 votes, becoming the candidate who won by the most number of votes in the state. On the other hand, Raje has efficiently scored a landslide with a margin of 53,193 votes.

Raje had been the CM in 2013, before Congress’ Ashok Gehlot had come to power in 2018.

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