Currently the Congress is in power in the state while the BJP is in the opposition. Both the ruling and the opposition parties are busy with their respective political yatras for this year's election. They are yet to form the ticket-distribution committees.
The Congress has mobilized its party workers to campaign for rallies planned during the first phase of Sandesh yatra in eastern Rajasthan beginning on Saturday. The BJP in the meantime was caught up with preparations for the Suraj Sankalp Yatra. Former chief minister of the state Vasundhara Raje is leading the party in this year's election.
Taking at dig at the two national parties, state BSP chief Bhagwan Singh Baba said yatras won't make any difference and his party took the lead in declaring its first list of candidates to send the message across that it was focusing on Rajasthan with full force.
Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said the opposition's yatra was not going to make any difference for the people have rejected its policies and ideology. He said the last time the BJP had come to power after staging a Parivartan Yatra but the situation has changed and the old formula will not work again.
He said the BJP only fuelled religious sentiments and asked why the latter could not emerge as an alternative to the Congress in the last 60 years. He said the BJP took out rallies to create communal unrest while the Congress did it to create communal harmony.
The state BJP leadership also hit back at the rivals, saying the latter was copying its plan of taking out a yatra but it was soing so without any preparation. It said the Congress's yatra was only concerned with pleasing Rahul Gandhi and it knew very well that it would not get another chance to rule the state.