Rashtriya Lok Dal supremo Ajit Singh’s son Jayant Chaudhary is locking horns with six-time MLA Shyam Sundar Sharma from Mant assembly constituency in Mathura district which goes to polls on February 28 in the sixth phase of state elections. 

Jayant, a joint candidate of RLD-Congress alliance is facing a tough fight from Sharma, who recently joined the Trinamool Congress after being denied ticket from the Bahujan Samaj Party.

"In spite of being a Lok Sabha member form Mathura, Jayant Chaudhary decided to contest Assembly elections amid speculations of a hung assembly after the polls. It is believed that in case of fractured mandate, the RLD would be in a better position to bargain for the Chief Ministership," Chaudhary Dharm Singh, All India general secretary of RLD said.

The TMC had almost made it a prestige issue and its four ministers, including Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi, has so far addressed several meetings in support of Sharma in the constituency.

While Jayant is banking more on Jat votes which constitutes around 25 percent of the total electorates, Sharma enjoys massive support from different castes. The BJP has fielded Pranat Pal Singh whereas the SP gave ticket to Sanjay Sharma.

In 2007 assembly polls, BSP candidate Shyam Sundar Sharma defeated Ram Pal Singh of the RLD by a margin of about 11, 000 votes. In a changed scenario, Ram Pal Singh is contesting on the BSP ticket while Sharma is a TMC nominee.

Singh is banking on the BSP’s Dalit vote bank. Certainly he cannot be overlooked in the poll fray. It seems a straight fight between Jayant and Sharma but the BSP candidate Singh is likely to cause damage to Jayant also as he not only contested last assembly polls on RLD ticket but was an important office bearer of the RLD before he joined the BSP.