On Barmer Lok Sabha seat, former BJP leader Jaswant Singh has made the contest three-cornered. BJP cold shouldered Jaswant Singh in Barmer to give ticket to Colonel Sonaram, who had defected from Congress to the party, resulting in a fuming veteran leader contesting elections as an Independent candidate.

Jaswant enjoys support of Rajputs, Muslims and other castes in Barmer, which has caused a hubbub in the saffron party camp. In an attempt to reduce the effect of Jaswant Singh in his traditional fiefdom, BJP organised its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s rally.

Congress has reposed faith in Harish Chaudhary from politically important Barmer.

Similar is the story of Sikar where BJP fielded Swami Sumedhanand on the recommendation of Baba Ramdev, denying ticket to former Union Minister Subash Maharia who was left gnashing his teeth with the party decision. Maharia decided to take on BJP’s parachute candidate from this seat.

Even local BJP workers are branding Swami Sumedhanand as an ‘outsider’ and supporting Maharia. However, after the saffron party cracked the whip, most of these workers decided to come back to the party fold.

Congress has fielded Managing Director of Power Distribution Corporation Limited, PS Jat from Sikar. The Congress decision boomeranged with local workers opposing Jat. CPI (M) has given ticket to Amra Ram who has made it a three-way battle.

In Jaipur Rural Lok Sabha constituency, National People Party (NPP) candidate Navin Pilania has made the electoral battle three-cornered. BJP has fielded ace shooter Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore from the seat and Congress has made its general secretary CP Joshi as its candidate.

Joshi won from Bhilwara constituency in last general elections and went on to become Union Minister in the UPA-II. Senior Congress leader Lal Chand Kataria vacated the Jaipur Rural seat for Joshi.

In Jhunjhunu constituency, Independent legislator Dr Rajkumar Sharma is giving stiff fight to BJP’s Santosh Ahlawat and Rajbala Ola of Congress.

Sharma had successfully fought as an Independent candidate in the assembly elections after being denied ticket by Congress. He is hopeful of winning the seat, banking on non-Jat voters.

Ahlawat is Surajgarh MLA, while Rajbala Ola is is the daughter-in law of former Congress leader Sisram Ola.

As far as Jalore LS constituency is concerned, another former minister, Buta Singh has made the electoral battle a three-way contest by jumping in fray on Samajwadi Party ticket. He will be challenging BJP candidate Devji Patel and Udai Lal Anjana of Congress.

Dausa will also see triangular contest between Congress, BJP and NPP candidates. BJP’s Harish Meena will be pitted against Congress nominee and his elder brother Namo Narayan Meena and NPP’s Kirorimal Meena.


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