At a time when all political parties have jumped into the fray for state’s 200 Assembly seats, there are still as many as 11 constituencies which have been far from the reach of Opposition BJP.
These are the seats where no candidate of BJP has ever won the Assembly election.
These 11 seats include Nasirabad in Alwar district, Tijara and Rajgarh-Lakshmangarh in Alwar district, Kushalgarh in Banswara district, Dhod and Dataramgarh in Sikar district, Bhadra in Hanumangarh district, Guddhamalaini in Barmer district, Mandawa and Nawalgarh in Jhunjhunu and Dungarpur.
If past records are scanned, Bhadra is one constituency where independent candidates have been maintaining their influence. While Congress won the seat twice, BJP is yet to open its account. Jaideep Dudi, the current MLA, too contested independently. Guddhamalani seat in Barmer district is yet another constituency where no BJP candidate has won so far after independence. Revenue minister Hemaram Chaudhary has won the seat for five times while Gangaram Chaudhary and veteran leader Parasram Maderna too maintained their clout for years.
Dhod and Dataramgarh seats in Sikar district have also been a distant dream for the saffron party. From the past four elections, Dhod has been a troublesome seat for both BJP and Congress as CPI (M) has been wining it hands down. Earlier, it was CPI (M) legislator Amraram who won three times in a row but even after being declared as reserve seats in previous election, CPI (M) maintained its influence with Premaram registering an easy victory.
Before CPI (M), it was Ramdev Singh of Congress party who had been six-time MLA from Dhod seat. Dataramgarh seat has been bastion of former PCC chief Narayan Singh for around 25 years till last election when CPI (M) leader Amararam defeated Congress. Former chief minister Bhairon Singh Shekhawat won the seat on Bharatiya Jana Sangh Party. Mandawa and Nawalgah seats from Jhunjhunu have been with Congress party for the past many decades.
Before Congress MLA Rita Chaudhary, it was Ramnarayan Chaudhary who maintained the influence for 35 years and won seats for as many as seven times. Nawalgarh, so far, has also been a distant dream for BJP. On Nasirabad seat, Congress has won 11 elections out of 13 while Kushalgarh seat of Banswara has been out of reach from Congress since 1990. Candidate of Janata Dal (United) Fathe Singh has won five elections from here and after the pact of JDU with NDA, BJP has not been fielding any candidate from Kushalgarh.
Dungarpur, Tijara and Rajgarh-Lakshmangarh seats have also been giving sleepless nights to the local BJP leaders.