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Candidates selection a tightrope walk for BJP & Cong in Rajasthan

Candidates selection a tightrope walk for BJP & Cong in Rajasthan

Jaipur: The selection of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls may turn out to be a tricky affair for both the ruling Congress and opposition BJP in Rajasthan.

The northern state has 25 Lok Sabha seats, out of which 23 seats are with the BJP and two with Congress.

For the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), there are about ten seats where the party may face dissidence after dropping sitting MPs. BJP state president Madan Lal Saini said the party was at a comfortable position on 13-15 seats from the point of view of candidates selection.

"Two meetings for candidate selection will take place soon. For the candidates selection task, we are comfortable on more than half of the total seats. Some of the sitting MPs have to be dropped due to certain equations and on the basis of their performance and party workers' feedback," he said.

Saini said the party has fixed the target of winning all the 25 seats. Jaipur is among such seats where sitting MP Ramcharan Bohra, who had won the 2014 elections with the largest margin of 5.39 lakh votes, is trying to retain his seat, while erstwhile Jaipur royal family member and former MLA Diya Kumari has also expressed her desire to contest from the seat. Jaipur district is divided into two Lok sabha constituencies--Jaipur and Jaipur rural. Jaipur rural is represented by MoS Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.

Since both Rathore and Kumari are Rajput leaders, the saffron party is expected to avoid fielding Rajput candidates on both the seats of Jaipur, looking at the caste equations.Kumari has also been seen making visits to Tonk and Sawaimadhopur and attending local programmes.

She represented Sawaimadhopur assembly constituency during the BJP rule from 2013-2018, but refrained from contesting the 2018 assembly elections.

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