Even for BJP heavyweights and sitting legislators, getting party tickets for the upcoming assembly elections has become a Herculean task. Most legislators are either struggling due to strong opposition in their own constituency or are facing a tough competition from their peer group leaders in the race for party tickets. Also, following Narendra Modi’s official entry in the national political scene Rajasthan has become an important state for both BJP and Congress and no party is will to take any risks with ticket distribution.
Owing to these factors, leaders like Rajpal Shekhawat, Narpat Singh Rajvi, Bhawani Singh Rajawat, Ashok Parnami, Madan Dilawar and others may have a tough time ahead of the elections.
Jhotwara legislator Rajpal Singh Shekhawat is facing strong opposition from party workers in the area, who held an agitation against him in the party office a few days back. Party workers complain that he hasn’t done anything in the area and party should give ticket to another candidate.
Ashok Parnami, the Adarsh Nagar MLA, has strong peer contenders, like Ajaypal Singh and Ravi Nayar. Both have been active in the area and enjoy mass support in the constituency. Singh is a reputed businessman and BJP leader has considerable influence over the community and locals. Nayar is the former president of Raja Park Vyapar Mandal. Both are strong contenders.
Vidhyadhar Nagar MLA Narpat Singh Rajvi’s differences with state president Vasundhara Raje are known to all. Even in the last elections, it was his father-in-law Bhairon Singh Shekhawat who saved him politically. If Congress fields a Brahmin or Vaishya candidate from Vidhadhar Nagar BJP may have some trouble with this seat. Speculations are rife that Rajvi is even willing to contest elections from Chittorgarh this time.
While all is going well for Malviya Nagar legislator Kalicharan Saraf, a group of party leaders consider him as more suitable candidate for Jaipur seat in the general elections.
After the death of Girdhari Lal Bhargav, who represented Jaipur five times as an MP, BJP lost Jaipur’s seat to Congress. The party is now mulling over fielding a candidate who has had a long-standing local political career and shares a strong connection with Jaipur citizens. Saraf fits the bill.
BJP spokesperson Bhawani Singh Rajawat is also facing direct threat from minority cell president Amin Pathan and is demanding ticket from Ladpura. Pathan’s influence has risen due to his hard work in mobilising the minority. In the past two years, Pathan and his team claim to have roped in more than one lakh members of the community to their minority cell.
So this time BJP may dish out more than four tickets, which is last election’s count, to minority candidates. Leaders like Madan Dilawar and sitting legislator Kaisalash Bansali are also facing internal opposition for being inactive in their constituencies. Madan Dilawar is even searching for new turf to contest from. Legislators like Gopal Joshi may be out of the running due to old age.
Surya Kanta Vyas may be an exception to this as she is still active.