The Rajasthan government’s recent announcement to create 19 new districts and three additional divisional headquarters to cater to the needs of people residing in far-flung areas has been met with mixed reactions. While the ruling Congress government claims that the move will improve the administration and provide better law and order in the state, the opposition BJP has accused the government of playing politics in an election year.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot defended the decision by stating that Rajasthan is the largest state in the country in terms of geographical area, and many people have to travel over a hundred kilometers to reach district headquarters. He further added that creating smaller districts will help improve administration and make it easier for people to access government services.
However, former Chief Minister and BJP leader Vasundhara Raje criticized the move, alleging that it was politically motivated and would create more administrative challenges. She accused the government of overlooking important issues while announcing the new districts and putting the state budget and economic structure at risk.
The new districts announced by the government are Anoopgarh, Balotra, Beawar, Kekri, Deeg, Deedwana-Kuchaman, Dudu, Gangapur City, Jaipur North, Jaipur South, Jodhpur East, Jodhpur West, Kotputli-Behror, Khertal, Neem Ka Thana, Phalodi, Salumber, Sanchore, and Shahpura.
The Congress and the BJP have already started their election campaigns ahead of the state polls later this year. Both parties are vying for the support of the Gujjar community, which constitutes around 9 to 12 percent of the state’s population and is a vote bank in around 40 to 50 assembly seats in eastern Rajasthan. significant
However, the Congress is facing a rebellion crisis with Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and former Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot at odds with each other. Although there have been efforts to project unity, both leaders have been taking subtle jibes at each other, leading to speculation that the party may face internal dissent during the upcoming elections.
The creation of new districts may have a significant impact on the state’s political landscape, and it remains to be seen how the move will play out in the upcoming polls.