CP Joshi and shooter Rajyavardhan take aim at each other
AICC General Secretary Dr CP Joshi and Olympic medalist marksman Rajyavardan Singh Rathore (BJP) are aiming at each other for an entry into the 16th Lok Sabha from Jaipur Rural constituency.
Joshi and Rathore are among 12 contestants, who are out for the battle of ballots in this newly carved out constituency on the outskirts of the state capital that came into being in the year 2008 under the implementation of new delimitation.
Although NPP sitting MLA Navin Pilania, Samajwadi Party nominee Dheeraj Gurjar, a police constable and AAP candidate Anil Kumar are also in the fray but the actual clash by and large appears to be between the Congress and BJP nominees.
In the maiden election held in this constituency in 2009, Union Minister of State Lal Chand Kataria won election to open the Congress account here, but in the impending polls the party fearing anti-incumbency against the sitting MP brought in its general secretary and sitting MP Joshi from Bhilwara.
Joshi's shifting from his present constituency Bhilwara was also a well calculated move by the Congress that aimed at ruling out possibility of the anti-incumbency factor against him in the textile town of the state.
Besides, the party also eyes through its Brahmin contestant, at 2.5 lakh strong vote base of the community, more than 1.5 lakh Jats of Kataria community and considerable strength of Muslims(1.0 lakh), Dalits(1.25 lakh) and as many as Meena votes that the party hopes to secure. Likewise, the rival saffron party has fielded its Olympic star relying on the its traditional committed voters, strong Rajput vote bank and Modi's fans, young first time voters who might find extra attraction in the youth sports celebrity Rathore.
Among other candidates, NPP's Pilania and SP's Gurjar are likely to make dent in the main rival's share by causing division of votes.
Feedbacks available in the field suggest that former Union Minister Joshi is getting encouraging response in Kotputli, Shahpura, Jamwa Ramgarh and Bansur Assembly segments while situation in Amer and Jhotwara segments keep the Congress camps worried.
Yesterday, Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi also held an impressive meeting in Paota town to give a final boost to her party colleague's prospects.
(Posted on 15-04-2014)