The one thing that’s certain about Sikar is that the battle for electoral supremacy here is going to be a scorcher. With heavyweights in the ring and reputations at stake, politics in Sikar is headed for an all out war.
The ruling Congress party has an impressive line-up of leaders, including the Assembly Speaker, a former PCC chief and a Cabinet minister, whose names are awaiting formal approval and remain largely undisputed. The Congress seems to be having a headstart as caste politics coupled with infighting in the BJP camp has put its leaders in a commanding position in Sikar district. Even the valiant legislators of the Left party, who have held their ground in the past, may fall in the upcoming elections.
Rajendra Pareek remains the undisputed candidate from Sikar constituency where minorities constitute a sizeable part of the vote bank followed by Jats and Brahmins. According to locals, even if Jats go the BJP way, the combination of other two castes may get him a shot at the Assembly even if the BJP fields a Brahmin candidate. But, BJP has a problem of plenty at hands.
In Sikar, there are as many as 8 candidates including former legislator Raj Kumar and previous candidate Mahesh Sharma vying for the ticket.
In Dataramgarh, it’s going to be a triangular contest. Locals are in favour of ageing warhorse and Congress veteran Narayan Singh. He would face CPI(M) legislator Amraram, who locals believe may have run out of luck. “Much of the outcome depends on who the BJP candidate is. If local leader Harish Kumawat is given a ticket, then it would be a tough ask for even the Congress veteran,” a party leader said.
Like Amraram, fellow legislator from Dhodh, Pemaram, seems to be in troubled waters. The BJP is looking to field Goverdhan Verma who is tipped as a favourite among the masses. Although, Housing Board chairman Parasram Mordia has remained silent, sources claim his son is trying for a ticket on this seat.
In Srimadhopur, Deependra Singh Shekhawat has a contest on hands. Though, Jhabar Singh and Devi Singh Naruka, the two top BJP contenders may end up making it easier for him as they are working against each other.
BJP is looking to field its loyal Jat leader Subhash Meheriya from Lakshmangarh to mobilize the community’s votes. He faces challenge from Congress legislator Govind Singh Dotasara, even though the latter is battling opposition from within. Congress is likely to keep its faith in legislator Bhanwaru Khan in Fathepur because of his strong hold on the minority community. Khandela, MP Mahadev Singh Khandela is trying to get a party ticket for his son, but the locals are rooting for the father.