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In Rajasthan fight, Vasundhara Raje works hard for legacy and relevance

Former chief minister Vasundhara Raje is campaigning extensively for the Lok Sabha elections after losing power last year.

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BJP leader Vasundhara Raje speaks at a rally in Samdari village in Barmer district. Photo: Arup Roychoudhury

Arup Roychoudhury Samdari village, Barmer district
“Modi, Modi”,” chant BJP supporters sitting right of the stage. The speaker on the podium, Vasundhara Raje, is about to begin her speech, but stops. “Ho gaya?” she asks, staring down at the supporters, smirking. “Aap log pehle thak jaao, phir bolna shuru karungi main.” The supporters and the BJP functionaries laugh nervously. “Chalo bolo. Koi nahi,” she says. The chants of “Modi Modi” resume again. She allows it for about half a minute, then suddenly says: “Ho gaya bas ab. Chup.”

If looks could kill, those BJP supporters would have been reduced to ashes. Raje, a two-term Chief Minister

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First Published: Apr 28 2019 | 8:52 PM IST

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