Jaipur: With elections around the corner, the Vasundhara Raje government in Rajasthan has pulled all plugs in an attempt to be in the good books of all communities. A report on news18 said the BJP government in the state has erected as many as 50 dioramas in the state. These are on local deities, saints and warriors representing different communities. (Also read: Sermons on Saints to be Part of Co-curricular Activities in Rajasthan Schools)
It said for Rajasthan’s Jat community, there is a diorama of their local deity Veer Tejaji at Kharnal Village in Nagour district. There are 40 seats from western Rajasthan, known to be a Jat-dominated area, in the coming election. There is another one of Ramdev ji, also known as Ramdev Baba, who has a following among the Scheduled Caste community. Other dioramas include those of Meera Bai, Sant Ravidas and Sant Bhagat Peepa. Rajput rulers and warriors have also found a place on the list. Nagour has a diorama of Mughal-era ruler Amar Singh Rathore who defied Shah Jahan at the royal court in Agra. Rathore is a symbol of Rajput bravery.
Muslim freedom fighters have also found a place on the list. In Alwar, which was in the news for a lynching incident in name of saving cows, the Raje government has erected dioramas of Hasan Khan Mewati, a freedom fighter from the Meo community.
Meanwhile, the move hasn’t gone down well with the Congress which reportedly accused the Raje government of vote bank politics. Rajasthan Congress spokesperson Archana Sharma said, “The Raje government is politicising these dioramas as caste and community symbols for vote bank politics.” But Onkar Singh Lakhawat, chairman of Rajasthan’s Heritage Promotion Board, said the party was only trying to pay tribute to the unsung heroes.