All eyes on Jodhpur as Shah, Gehlot visit city on Friday


Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot will visit Rajasthan’s Jodhpur on Friday.

While Amit Shah is visiting here to address a mammoth pro-CAA rally, Ashok Gehlot will attend different programmes from 12 noon to 6.30 p.m. here on Friday.

Shah’s rally is being discussed as an attempt of BJP to corner Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on his home turf as he has openly announced not to implement CAA and NRC in the state while on the other hand, Gehlot’s presence in Jodhpur on the same day also highlights his pro-activeness to counterattack the opposition.

Meanwhile, the strategic decision of BJP of holding rally in Jodhpur stands strong as it hosts thousands of Pakistani Hindu migrants, who are staying here in tough conditions for years awaiting their Indian citizenship.

Earlier, the rally was scheduled for Jaipur, however, senior leaders opined to take out the rally in Jodhpur, which has been accommodating over 20,000 migrants from Pakistan, who will also be participating in this rally.

This is the second rally of Shah being organised to support CAA as the first rally was organised in Kolkata. Such 30 rallies should be addressed by Shah to make people aware of CAA.

As Gehlot has been openly announcing in his programmes that CAA and NRC shall not be implemented in Rajasthan, he has been on radar of the top central leadership too.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Shah both have been attacking Gehlot, referring a letter he sent to the then Home Minister P Chidambaram in which he himself requested for granting citizenship to Hindu and Sikh migrants from Pakistan.

While Modi quipped that Congress leaders, who once were supporting the citizenship cause for Pakistan-based migrants, are now taking a U-turn, Shah also targeted him in Rajya Sabha saying we are giving citizenship to 6 castes while Gehlot had requested citizenship for only two communities namely Sikh and Hindus during the UPA tenure.

Jodhpur, Jan 3 (IANS)


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