In a significant development ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in Rajasthan, the Congress Party has introduced a notable change in its advertising posters. The revised posters and hoardings no longer feature the image of State President Govind Singh Dotasara, raising questions about the party’s strategic shift.
Previously, these campaign materials prominently displayed pictures of Govind Singh Dotasara alongside Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. However, in the latest posters erected in Jaipur, Dotasara’s image has been conspicuously removed, making way for the inclusion of Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi, and Sachin Pilot.
This shift in campaign imagery comes amid recent raids conducted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) at Govind Singh Dotasara’s residence. The Congress Party’s decision to prominently feature the high command, including the Gandhis and Sachin Pilot, in the new posters is seen as a response to these developments and an attempt to reposition the party’s image.
It is noteworthy that initially, the campaign posters solely featured Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, triggering controversy and criticism. In response to the public outcry, Congress President Govind Singh Dotasara was later incorporated into the advertisements, reflecting a tactical adjustment. With only 12 days remaining until the elections, these changes are being closely scrutinized for their potential impact on the political landscape.
The BJP’s Interpretation and Accusations
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has seized upon these changes in the Congress campaign, framing them as indicative of corruption within the ruling party. The BJP’s campaign slogans, such as “Farmers in debt, Rajasthan will not tolerate,” “Corruption openly, Rajasthan will not tolerate,” and others, have centered around issues like crime, unemployment, and alleged corruption in the state. The BJP has capitalized on these issues to undermine the Congress government’s credibility in the run-up to the elections.
Both the BJP and Govind Singh Dotasara, the state president of the Congress Party, have traded accusations of corruption, intensifying the political rivalry as election day draws near. The alterations in the campaign posters have now added another layer of intrigue to the ongoing electoral contest.
Allegations and Controversy
The change in the campaign posters coincides with allegations made by Leader of the Opposition Rajendra Rathod, who accused Govind Singh Dotasara and his family of benefiting from the teacher recruitment exam paper leak case. Rathod claimed that Dotasara’s family members secured positions within the Rajasthan Administrative Service (RAS) through Katara’s influence. These allegations have further fueled the political discourse surrounding the elections.
The Shifting Political Landscape
Under the new campaign theme, “Kaam Kiya Hai Dil Se, Congress Phir Se” (We Have Worked with Heart, Congress Again), the Congress Party initially displayed large, identical photographs of Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and Govind Singh Dotasara. However, Dotasara’s conspicuous absence from the revised posters raises questions about the motivations behind these changes.
Speculations about the removal of Dotasara’s image include allegations of corruption, doubts about Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot’s anti-Jat policy, and strategic considerations related to the election. Congress spokesperson Swarnim Chaturvedi clarified that the changes in the posters aim to feature all star campaigners according to the campaign’s evolving needs.
As Rajasthan inches closer to the assembly elections, these alterations in campaign visuals have introduced a new dimension to the political landscape, leaving voters and observers eager to see how these changes will impact the electoral dynamics in the state.