When the Congress finally announced its first list of party’s candidates on late Saturday, the analysis done by dna last month turned out to be true as we had reported that several Congress leaders — who were earlier either dropped frm the Cabinet following various controversies or were accused of indiscipline— had become top contenders for the party tickets.
Former MP and erstwhile Bharatpur royal family’s Vishwendra Singh has again been given ticket by the Congress from the Deeg-Kumher constituency. He had lost the last election from here to BJP’s Digamber Singh, a close aide of state BJP chief Vasundhara Raje. Vishwendra Singh’s supporters had allegedly bashed up senior party men in the presence of PCC chief Chandrabhan in a meeting in Bharatpur, but he has been given party ticket as he has good clout in the area.
A former parliamentarian from BJP, he switched over to the Congress after he had differences with the then chief minister Vasundhara Raje in 2008 ahead of state Assembly elections.
Another firebrand ex-legislator Sayam Lodha, who had locked horns with chief minister Gehlot on several occasions, has been given ticket from Sirohi constituency. He has a good influence in the area and is known for his proximity with former Union minister and Gehlot’s arch-rival CP Joshi.
Master Bhanwarlal Meghwal, has been given the ticket from Sujangarh constituency. Meghwal was earlier removed from Cabinet due to his habit of getting into controversies. He is a prominent SC leader in Churu district on whom party can bank to tide through the polls.
To tap the community votes, Meghwal was also adjusted in Pradesh election committee. In last Assembly elections out of six seats in Churu district, Congress had won only two and Meghwal has won by a very good margin.
Col Sonaram has again been given ticket from Baytoo constituency. Sonaram had pubicly taken on the state government for shifting Barmer oil refinery and used to openly speak against chief minister on public platforms. He has been again given the party ticket despite his open criticism of Gehlot as the party leaders admit that Sonaram is the safest bet for the party from this constituency.