- Thawar Chand Gehlot’s leave before the expansion of Modi cabinet
- Gehlot, considered very close to PM Modi, appointed as Governor of Karnataka
- 72-year-old Gehlot is one of the leading Dalit faces of BJP who has stayed away from controversies.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known to defy speculation and often surprises with his decisions. He has taken such a decision just before the expansion of the cabinet, in which his image can be seen. In the order issued from Rashtrapati Bhavan today, new governors have been appointed in eight states. The most shocking name among them is the Union Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot is of BJP’s strong Dalit face Thaawar Chand Gehlot has been made the Governor of Karnataka. Keep in mind that the President practically appoints the Governor of a state only on the advice of the Prime Minister. It is being said that the PM has made four targets with one arrow by making Gehlot the governor, which will have an impact on the Rajya Sabha, the Union Cabinet, the BJP organization and the politics of Karnataka.
PM Modi again threw googly
However, the latest decision of PM Modi is being considered shocking because on one hand there is talk of cabinet expansion and on the other hand a big face like Gehlot has been discharged from the cabinet. So has another Dalit face been discovered in his place? The question assumes significance as Gehlot is not one of those personalities who have been in the news due to controversies. His report card as a cabinet minister is also good. For this reason, Modi again included him in his cabinet. As the Minister of Social Welfare and Empowerment, Gehlot brought many schemes for the backward and deprived sections and the differently-abled. He is considered very close to PM Modi.
four targets with one arrow
Thawar Chand Gehlot is a minister from the Rajya Sabha quota. He was sent to Rajya Sabha from Madhya Pradesh for the first time in 2012 and then in 2018. Gehlot is also a member of the BJP Parliamentary Board. It is being said that PM Modi has targeted Gehlot with an arrow by making him the governor. Gehlot will no longer be a Rajya Sabha MP, neither a Union minister nor a member of the BJP Parliamentary Board as soon as he takes over as the governor. In this way, there will be three vacancies as soon as Gehlot becomes the governor. Surely PM Modi must have considered this point while deciding to make Gehlot the governor. It is natural that now after Gehlot’s departure, three different leaders can be satisfied by fitting them at different places. On the other hand, the appointment of Gehlot as governor will also be a relief for the BJP government, which is being stirred by infighting in Karnataka. There, a section of the party has been a challenge in front of Chief Minister Yeddyurappa, in such a situation, Gehlot, a veteran player of the political arena, can play an important role in bringing both the factions together there.
Gehlot’s name was once discussed for the post of President
Thawar Chand Gehlot’s stature in the Modi-Shah duo BJP can be gauged from the fact that when a Dalit face was being searched for the post of President, Thawar Chand Gehlot’s name was also discussed. However, the final seal was in the name of Ramnath Kovind. His stature can also be recognized from the fact that Gehlot was made the leader of the Upper House of Parliament when the then Union Minister Arun Jaitley passed away.
When Yogi Adityanath came under the wraps of Gehlot
The soft-spoken Thawar Chand Gehlot, who stays away from controversies, has the image of being firm on principles. This is the reason that when Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath added 17 other castes to the list of Scheduled Castes, Gehlot criticized it and that too unflinchingly. When BSP MP Satish Chandra Mishra raised this issue in Rajya Sabha, Gehlot said in clear words that the decision of the Uttar Pradesh government is not in accordance with the Constitution. The remark was not normal for Yogi Adityanath, who has the toughest and most powerful image among chief ministers. But when it came to following the constitutional process and the welfare of the Scheduled Castes (SC), Gehlot did not hesitate to open his mouth on the floor of the House against the tallest Chief Minister of his own party.
Journey from Laborer to Minister
Actually, it is the result of Gehlot’s political upbringing that a balanced blend of humility and strictness has come in his personality. Thawar Chand Gehlot, born on May 18, 1948, in village Rupeta of Nagda tehsil, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh, studied at the local Vikram University. He worked in Grasim Industries in 1965-70 and then became a Treasurer of the Grasim Engineering Workers’ Union. From 1967 to 75, he became the secretary of the Chemical Workers Union, affiliated to the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh. He led several labor movements in Ujjain and was jailed during the Emergency of 1975. He was a member of the then Bharatiya Jana Sangh (now BJP) from 1962 to 77 and was made the Vice President and General Secretary of the Janata Party in Ujjain district.
Is that why Gehlot was sent to Karnataka?
In the mid-1980s, when the BJP had only two MPs, Gehlot was serving as the head of the Bharatiya Yuva Morcha. In 1986, he became the Ratlam district president of BJP. Since then, he became a cabinet minister twice in the Modi government, passing through many high positions in the organization. Now he has been made the Governor of Karnataka. Gehlot continued to win the Lok Sabha elections from Shajapur Lok Sabha from 1996 to 2009. In the 2009 elections, he lost to Sajjan Singh Verma of the Congress party. In 2012 he was elected to the Rajya Sabha and then in 2018 he was elected for the second time. Thawarchand Gehlot has worked in Karnataka on behalf of the party. He was made general secretary in-charge of Delhi and Karnataka. He also served as the president of the Scheduled Caste wing of BJP. He was also sent by the party to Gujarat as a central observer. He is also a member of the BJP Parliamentary Board.
Thawar Chand Gehlot appointed as the Governor of Karnataka. (file photo)