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Rajasthan elections 2018: Big battlefields

Congress CM hopeful Sachin Pilot is taking on the state road minister Yoonus Khan, the BJP’s lone Muslim candidate in Tonk.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Dec 07, 2018, 10.03 AM IST

Manvendra Singh, a member of an erstwhile royal family, has travelled 700 km from Barmer to take on Vasundhara Raje in her home bastion.

Jhalrapatan: Vasundhara Raje Vs Manvendra Singh
In 1989, when chief minister Vasundhara Raje, member of Dholpur’s erstwhile royal family, had travelled more than 400 kilometres to contest the Lok Sabha election from Jhalawar seat, she was considered an outsider. Twenty-nine years on, another “outsider” as well as a member of an erstwhile royal family, Manvendra Singh, has travelled 700 km from Barmer to take on Raje in her home bastion. The contest, being characterised by some as a battle between two warring families, is expected to be close even as the four-time MLA Raje is said to have an advantage as she enjoys support from across communities. Singh, a sitting MLA from Sheo on BJP ticket, joined the Congress after falling out with the party over alleged ill treatment meted out to his father and former BJP stalwart Jaswant Singh by Raje and the BJP.

Sardarpura: Ashok Gehlot Vs Shambhu Singh Khetasar
Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot has a old rival in Shambhu Singh Khetasar, who had lost to Gehlot in 2013. But Khetasar is hopeful of repeating his performance as a student leader when he had defeated Gehlot in the university election in 1968-69. Gehlot, a CM hopeful, has been a five-time parliamentarian and four-time MLA while Khetasar has lost three elections so far. Going by electoral maths, Gehlot appears to be on a strong wicket, banking as he does on his community’s 40,000 Mali votes while Khetasar, a Rajput, has hopes from 25,000 votes of his community.


Udaipur City: Girija Vyas Vs Gulab Chand Kataria
These two septuagenarians have had a longstanding rivalry. Former Union minister Girija Vyas (72) is locking horns with the sitting MLA and Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria (74) in Udaipur. Vyas has an advantage of having defeated Kataria twice in the past – in 1985 assembly polls and in 1991 Lok Sabha election from Udaipur (city) seat. Apart from strong challenge from Vyas, Kataria is facing trouble from BJP rebels Dalpat Surana and Praveen Ratlia.

Nathdwara: CP Joshi Vs Mahesh Pratap
Former Union minister CP Joshi is contesting from his home constituency, Nathdwara, from where he has been MLA four times. He had lost by a solitary vote in the 2008 election against the BJP’s Kalyan Singh, who passed away early this year after a prolonged illness. The BJP has replaced Singh with a Congress turncoat and debutant Mahesh Pratap Singh, who is a member of the erstwhile royal family of Kotharia, a place near Nathdwara.

Tonk: Sachin Pilot Vs Yoonus Khan
Congress CM hopeful Sachin Pilot is taking on the state road minister Yoonus Khan, the BJP’s lone Muslim candidate in Tonk. The Wharton educated Pilot is banking on 70,000 Muslim voters who are traditional Congress supporters, 30,000 voters of his own Gujjar community, 35,000 SC voters and 20,000 Malis in a constituency which has 2.24 lakh electorate. On the other hand, builder-turned-politician Yoonus Khan is eyeing 14,000 Meena votes (known Gujjar rivals) and dedicated strong RSS cadre besides votes of his own community.

Khinvsar: Hanuman Beniwal Vs Ramchandra Utta Vs Sawai Singh Chaudhary
The front runner here is the firebrand Jat leader Hanuman Beniwal, who floated his own party, Rashtriya Loktrantrik Party, and is locked in a triangular contest with the BJP’s Ramchandra Utta and Congress’ Sawai Singh Chaudhary. The two-time MLA Beniwal, who is a rage among Jat youths, has thrown a stiff challenge to both the parties in the Jat heartland of Nagaur.
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