BJP, Congress announce bypoll candidates


Jaipur, Jan 8 : Political scene in Rajasthan is hotting up. Both BJP and Congress have declared their candidates for January 29 bypoll in both Lok Sabha and Assembly seats.

Cabinet Minister Jaswant Singh Yadav is the BJP candidate for the Alwar Lok Sabha seat. BJP has also fielded late and former MP, Sanwar Lal Jat’s son Ramswarup Lamba for the Ajmer Lok Sabha seat.

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In the Mandalgarh Assembly seat, Shakti Singh Hada, who is the BJP district president of Bhilwara, has got the ticket this time.

Meanwhile Congress’s candidate in Alwar is Dr Karan Singh Yadav, in Ajmer Raghu Sharma has got the big ticket, surprising many. While in Mandalgarh Vivek Dhakkad, aged 40, is the Congress candidate.

Jaswant SIngh Yadav, 65, is currently the cabinet minister for skill development , labour and employment in the present government. He had represented Alwar from 1999 to 2004. He now represents Behrod in the Rajasthan legislative assembly. After being denied a ticket in 2004 by the BJP, he joined Congress but soon returned.

BJP, which derides dynastic politics, has decided to field Ramswarup Lamba from the Lok Sabha constituency, which was previously represented by his father and late MP, Sanwarlal Jat. The bypoll for the seat was necessitated by the demise of Jat on August 9, 2017. Thirty four-year-old Lamba is an arts graduate and is professionally associated with the mining sector.

Meanwhile, Congress’s Raghu Sharma,63, has been associated with the party since his student years. The former MLA is among the most experienced Congress leaders and has been hand picked by state president Sachin Pilot for his own political turf, Ajmer.

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A PhD holder, Sharma understands Ajmer’s caste equations well as the district is his hometown and has the ability to attract crowds.

Meanwhile, Ramswarup Lamba is currently the general secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha of Ajmer district. He has a bachelor degree from Jaipur.

Congress’s Alwar candidate Karan Singh Yadav, 73, is a cardiologist and is a two-time MLA and once MP from Alwar.

BJP and Congress have both played the Yadav card in Alwar, keeping the Alwar vote bank in the region.

While Vivek Dhakkad in Mandalgarh is a nominee of former Congress state chief and former union minister C P Joshi.

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