The 7 BJP Frontrunners For Rajasthan Chief Minister's Post

The BJP is yet to announce a Chief Minister candidate for Rajasthan, and the party's national leadership is expected to make the announcement soon.

The 7 BJP Frontrunners For Rajasthan Chief Minister's Post

There are 6 BJP leaders in the running to be the next Rajasthan Chief Minister.

New Delhi:

The Bharatiya Janata Party today emerged victorious in Rajasthan, dethroning the Congress government led by Ashok Gehlot. The win was a result of a month-long intense campaign, which saw rallies across the length and breadth of Rajasthan by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other top BJP leaders.

But the party is yet to announce a Chief Minister candidate, and the BJP national leadership is expected to make the announcement soon.

There are the 7 BJP leaders who are in the fray to win the top post in Rajasthan:

Vasundhara Raje: The former Chief Minister has a pan-Rajasthan following. The 70-year-old has led the BJP to two massive victories in the state.

Daughter of founding BJP leader Vijayraje Scindia and sister of the late Congress leader Madhavrao Scindia, Vasundhara Raje started her political career in 1984 as a member of the BJP national executive, Vice-President of its youth wing and got elected as an MLA from Dholpur.

Her rise was steady and in 2003, she became the state's first woman Chief Minister when the party rode to power. She has been elected to the state assembly thrice and five times to Lok Sabha and was a minister in the Union government headed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Gajendra Singh Shekhawat

Union Minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat was a prominent face in BJP's poll campaign and managed to bring all dissenting faces together. He had also been involved in a public feud with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot over the Sanjivani Credit Cooperative Society Scam.

In the 2019 general election, Mr Shekhawat affirmed his political prowess by defeating Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's son Vaibhav Gehlot.

In a recent NDTV-CSDS Lokniti survey, Mr Shekhawat was among the third-best choices for Chief Ministership, after Vasundhara Raje and Baba Balaknath.

Diya Kumari

Diya Kumari, a member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family, has won three elections since joining the BJP in 2013. She was elected MP in the 2019 general election with one of the biggest victory margins of 5.51 lakh votes.

The 'daughter of Jaipur' is quite popular among the people, and is known to blend her royal heritage with a down-to-earth persona. She was considered an outsider when she became the Sawai Madhopur MLA but has steadily risen in prominence because of the developmental work in the constituency.

Baba Balaknath

The BJP's thumping victory in Rajasthan could lead to the rise of another 'yogi' - Spiritual leader and Alwar MP Baba Balaknath. He is popularly referred to as the yogi of Rajasthan and is a contender for the Chief Minister post. He is considered a strong Hindutva leader who could change the caste narrative of Rajasthan.

The 40-year-old, leading in the Tijara assembly constituency, is known for his controversial remarks. He had likened his contest against Imran Khan to an "India-Pakistan" match.

Arjun Ram Meghwal

Never without his trademark green and orange turban, Arjun Ram Meghwal subscirbes to the ideology of letting one's work speak for itself. He keeps his distance from the shutterbugs, yet genial to all who meet him.

He has a strong administrative background and currently manages the Law Ministry. He has been instrumental in managing the floor for the government in both the Houses of Parliament, gathering supporters for every bill Government wanted passed and ensuring the numbers required for it to be turned into a law.

Kirodi Lal Meena

Kirodi Lal Meena, a BJP veteran, was pulled into the Rajasthan contest with the task of winning over the Meena community. Looking at the party's performance in Eastern Rajasthan, the 72-year-old seems to have pulled it off with aplomb.

Popularly known as "Doctor Sahab" and "Baba," Mr Meena is among the front-runners for the Rajasthan Chief Minister post.

CP Joshi

Rajasthan BJP's state unit chief CP Joshi is seen as a strong contender for the Chief Minister's post. The 48-year-old was given charge of the state unit early this March when it vied with the Congress in making headlines over factionalism. Since then, he has been credited with bringing together the rival factions and crafting a cohesive campaign that focuses on alleged anti-incumbency and Congress's failures.