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Rajasthan CM Raje fails to meet PM and BJP president, returns to Jaipur

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Jaipur/New Delhi: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje returned to Jaipur on Saturday afternoon after failing to meet Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and BJP president, Amit Shah, in the wake of charges that she helped former IPL chief Lalit Modi.

The chief minister, who left on Saturday morning by helicopter to attend a NITI Aayog meeting, spent some time at her house in Delhi before flying back to Jaipur afternoon, a source close to Raje said.

The source insisted that the chief minister went to Delhi only to attend a NITI Aayog meeting and that nothing else was scheduled in the national capital.

credits: IANS
credits: IANS

However, political analysts view her failure to meet the Bharatiya Janata Party’s top leaders as a snub.

BJP sources said Raje, under attack from the opposition which wants her to quit, wanted to meet Prime Minister Modi, Shah as well as Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, to give them her side of the story on the Lalit Modi issue.

“It seems that after being denied an audience by the top leadership, she felt it is better to come back to Jaipur,” said a BJP functionary on the condition of anonymity.

“She will certainly try again to reach out to the central leadership, and may send her close confidants from here (Jaipur) to meet them in the next couple of days,” he added.

The Rajasthan BJP is standing by the chief minister, saying that all the allegations hurled against her are baseless.

Rajasthan Health Minister, Rajendra Rathore, has said: “The party is fully behind the chief minister. There is no questioning of her resigning.”

The opposition has ganged up against Raje, saying she signed a witness statement in support of Lalit Modi’s immigration application for Britain when he was being probed by the Enforcement Directorate.

She was then the leader of the opposition in the Rajasthan assembly. According to the opposition, she also made it known that the matter should be kept confidential.

Ashok Parnami, the BJP state president, on Friday admitted that the documents being shown by the media do contain her signature on the last page.

“The document is not in official format of any UK court,” Parnami said. “The signed document is not a witness statement, and it was not presented in a court.”

In New Delhi too, a Rajasthan government official told a media outlet, that Raje had no plans to meet either Prime Minister Modi or any other BJP leader.

“She was here only to attend the NITI Aayog meeting,” he added.

According to BJP sources, a meeting took place between Prime Minister Modi and Shah on Friday in which it was decided that Raje would attend the NITI Aayog meeting.

A BJP leader privy to the meeting told the media channel, on the condition of anonymity, that the leaders also discussed “how to convert the Blue Corner Notice against Lalit Modi into a Red Corner Notice”.

“Lalit Modi can be detained in any country if the Red Corner Notice is issued,” he said. (IANS)

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Rajasthan’s Leading Properties Go Green To Follow The Sustainable Route

Once a warrior fort, the management of the heritage property also engages the villagers in tasks like organic farming.

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Amer fort, Jaipur, Rajasthan (Pic Credits : Elene Machaidze)

From plastic straws to copper vessels, handmade lamps and bangles, Rajasthan’s leading hospitality players here are establishing new trends by engaging local artisans to showcase traditional artistry to guests and serving them locally-inspired cuisine amid green surroundings.

“We have initiated the use of paper-made straws; there is no use of plastic bags anywhere in the hotel property and the local-inspired food is being served to guests to ensure the locals have a regular source of income,” Binny Sebastian, General Manager, Bishangarh’s Alila Fort heritage hotel, some 50 km from here, told IANS.

Once a warrior fort, the management of the heritage property also engages the villagers in tasks like organic farming.

organic farming
Once a warrior fort, the management of the heritage property also engages the villagers in tasks like organic farming.

“Our association with the locals is quite strong. Working with them, we take our guests to the local temple. They also visit the artisans’ houses and sip tea there while watching them make pottery and weave carpet. In this way, we ensure that locals get a decent livelihood,” Sebastian added.

“We have started getting regular income since this property came up a year back. We have been showing our art to the guests here which gives us satisfaction as well as an income,” said Nizamuddin, a bangle maker.

Ashok S. Rathore, General Manager of the Rambagh Palace, said: “We have curtailed the use of plastic. There are no plastic straws being used on the property. We serve in glass bottles instead of plastic water bottles.”

This property is also adopting sustainable routes to ensure that the locals get decent income opportunities for their sustenance.

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Chittorgarh Fort, Rajasthan (Wikimedia Commons)

“Our interiors are reminiscent of handmade interiors. Our suites are adorned with Thikri art, a rare gold-dipped miniature artwork of Rajasthan. But skilled artists are disappearing and it comes with a high cost of production,” said Rathore.

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Fairmont Jaipur has incorporated the fine craftsmanship and beauty of the local cultural heritage and artisans of Jaipur. The ceilings are hand-painted by local artisans with complex motifs.

“We associate with the local artisans to showcase their talent at the hotel in the form of the evening entertainment, the welcome experience and celebrate the local heritage of Rajasthan,” said Srijan Vadhera, General Manager, Fairmont Jaipur. (IANS)