Vasundhara Raje holds meetings with various leaders from caste diaspora

Jaipur: Seen as an attempt to strengthen social engineering, former chief minister Vasundhara Raje has been holding several rounds of meetings with various leaders of different castes and communities during the last couple of days.

On similar lines, Gurjar leader Himmat Singh Paldi called on Raje on Saturday while she had already met the Rajput Sabha President Girraj Singh Lotwara and Brahman leader SD Sharma.

In recent days, leaders from Jat, Meena and dalit communities have also met her.

Three independent MLAs Khushveer Singh, Omprakash Hudla and Suresh Tank, who were accused by the Congress of being involved in horse-trading of MLAs last month, also met Raje and the meeting is being seen as politically significant.

When they sought an appointment from Raje in assembly on Friday, Raje said they can come anytime following which they reached her residence in the afternoon.

The MLAs have been loyal to Raje for long but they supported the Congress government. Amid the political crisis, they chose to side with Sachin Pilot camp.

Raje was not supported by Gurjars during the 2018 assembly elections which lead to BJP defeat