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In Ajmer, family, caste come to fore again

​The BJP may be counting on the two lakh Jat vote bank in Ajmer, but Raghu Sharma is targeting the 1.5 lakh Brahmin votes.

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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2018, 11.35 PM IST
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In Ajmer, family, caste come to fore again
Raje did not turn up for nomination filing by the BJP candidates in Ajmer or Alwar while Congress leaders Ashok Gehlot and Pilot made it a point to be present for both nominations.
AJMER: “Sympathy for my family and the work done by my late father Sanwar Lal Jat will be the biggest factors in my win,” said 30-year-old Ram Swarup Lamba of the BJP, making no bones about his USP in the hotly-contested Ajmer by-poll.

The psychology postgraduate had enrolled for an MBA before taking the detour into politics after his father, a widely-respected Rajasthan politician, passed away following a heart attack in August. “I am the shadow of my father,” Lamba said, addressing a large rally in Patel Stadium in the presence of halfdozen state cabinet ministers.

Some people in the crowd chuckled and said Lamba is a poor public speaker, and that he might struggle in the election campaign. But the BJP feels “sympathy and goodwill” will see him through. Senior BJP leader Bhupender Yadav came to Ajmer to accompany Lamba as he filed his nomination on Wednesday. State Congress president Sachin Pilot is not contesting from his former seat but his shadow is evident on the campaign, even as the BJP says the Congress “senapati” (commander) ran away from the field.

“Pilot has been in Ajmer and will always be in Ajmer – people still remember the works done by him as MP here from 2009 to 2014,” said Raghu Sharma, the Congress candidate. He ridiculed Lamba as a “nausikhia” (greenhorn) and challenged him to an open debate. Lamba countered that the only experience Sharma had was to lose. “He has lost four out of five elections he contested so far. He is just a sacrificial lamb for the Congress,” Lamba said.

Many in Ajmer said it will be a tough contest. The BJP may be counting on the two lakh Jat vote bank in Ajmer but Sharma is targeting the 1.5 lakh Brahmin votes. “There are Gujjar, Muslim and Christian votes too – Ajmer has six churches,” said a Congress leader. The Congress leader said people would vote to send a message to the BJP in Delhi – that they are unhappy with CM Vasudhara Raje.

Raje did not turn up for nomination filing by the BJP candidates in Ajmer or Alwar while Congress leaders Ashok Gehlot and Pilot made it a point to be present for both nominations.
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