Vasundhara Raje, Chief Minister of Rajasthan is in election mode even thought assembly elections in the state are still 13 months away. Barmer Refinery project is on fast track so that it can see day light before December 2018. Most of the major infrastructure projects such as Drayvawati river front and elevated road at 22-Godown in Jaipur have been given August 2018 deadline. Rajasthan government is mulling over giving salary benefits to state employees, transfer process in health and education departments are being eased and above all, reservation in government jobs and educational institutions are raining in Rajasthan.
Vasundhara Raje had promised 5 percent SBC reservation and 14 percent reservation for economic backward classes in Rajasthan during her Suraj Sankalp Yatra. Raje government has promised to bring a new bill in state assembly in monsoon session to give Gurjars and five other caste 5 percent reservations in OBC category while notification for OBC reservation for Jats of Dholpur and Bharatpur is also being processed. What this would effectively means that Vasundhara Raje’s son Dhushyant will get OBC status along with his in-law’s community in Rajasthan. Supreme Court had earlier stuck down the OBC status for Jats from Haryana, Western UP and Bharatpur and Dholpur district in Rajasthan.
In the season of ‘raining reservation bills’ in Rajasthan, Raje may also push for 14 percent reservation for economic backward classes thought the constitution of India do not provide for any such reservation.
But the issue of reservation has become a sensitive topic of discussion in communities such as brahmins and Rajput who wants to gain some of the lost glory of past through reservation ladder. Brahmins are trying to build momentum behind Raje’s bête noire Ghanshyam Tiwari while Raje’s connection with Rajputs has been severally damaged after Rajmahal episode and Anandpal fake encounter case.
Vasundhara Raje is master of political maneuvering and trying to woo all the communities by dangling carrot of reservation. Bait is lucrative for all communities looking for their share in pie of power corridors and ploy has worked in past. But politically motivated legislative bills will be open for judicial scrutiny with unsuccessful results in past, but politicians seldom bother about the end results.