GG News Bureau
Jaipur, 4th Dec. Rajasthan BJP leader Balaknath remained non-committal on Monday regarding the possibility of him becoming the chief minister of the state. His name has been circulating as a potential candidate for the top post after the saffron party’s decisive victory in the recently concluded Assembly polls.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) regained power in Rajasthan on Sunday, winning 115 out of the 199 seats that were up for grabs. The Congress, which had hoped to break the trend of the incumbent party being voted out every five years in the desert state, only managed to secure 68 seats.
Following the election results, there has been speculation about Balaknath being one of the frontrunners for the chief minister’s position. Other contenders include Rajasthan BJP heavyweight and former chief minister Vasundhara Raje, Diya Kumari (a member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family), party MP CP Joshi, and Union minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
“It is all because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s guidance. The BJP received all the votes in his name,” Balaknath told reporters at the Parliament complex when asked about the election results.
When questioned about who will become the chief minister of Rajasthan, he avoided giving a direct answer and simply said, “It is up to all of you.” He further stated, “I have dedicated my life to public service. I am serving the party and the people,” when asked if he would accept any responsibility in the state if offered by the party.
The BJP had nominated Balaknath, a “mahant” (seer) and an MP from Rajasthan’s Alwar, to contest the Assembly polls from Tijara. He won by a margin of 6,173 votes, defeating Congress candidate Imran Khan.