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Royals battle for the ballot in Rajasthan

May 04, 2009 12:05 IST

Poll battles in Rajasthan have always been king-size, and now many candidates from royal families have entered the fray in the state carrying on the tradition.

Congress candidate Chandresh Kumari is contesting from the Jodhpur seat against sitting MP Jaswant Singh Vishnoi. She is an erstwhile princess of Jodhpur's royal family and now the daughter-in-law of Himachal's Kangra royal family.

Chandresh is banking on voters in the Rajput, Jat, Mali, Muslim and section of the Brahmin community to grab the seat.

Similarly, former Alwar royal family scion and Congress candidate Jitendra Singh is fighting battle against BJP nominee Kiran Yadav in Alwar.

Jitendra Singh has a strong hold over the land of King Bhartrihari, a religious place in Alwar, and is likely to have an advantage after the withdrawal of BSP's Haji Mohammed.

BJP's Kiran might face tough times as two BJP leaders, including one sitting MLA, have revolted in favour of Singh.

Another royal candidate is a former prince of Kota -- Ijeyaraj Singh -- who is fighting on a Congress ticket against BJP's Shyam Sharma.

He has got a large vote bases owing allegiance to former royal family in Kota and has support of four sitting MLAs.

BJP too has royal candidates to woo the voters of the state. Scindia family's grandson and Vasundhara Raje's son Dushyant Singh, who is contesting from Jhalawar-Baran constituency is a erstwhile prince of Dholpur.

He would fight the political battle with Congress candidate Urmila Jain.

Not just royal families, even candidates from families of former leaders, too, have joined the fray to carry forward the political legacy.

BJP candidate and sitting MP Manvendra Singh is the son of senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh and he is pitted against Harish Chaudhary of the Congress.

While Choudhary is likely to get the support of backward classes and Muslims, Rajputs of Jaisalmer segment may rally behind Singh.

However, the dissension among local BJP leaders may hamper Manvendra's poll prospects.

Sachin Pilot, a popular Gurjar youngster and son of veteran Congress leader Rajesh Pilot is contesting from Ajmer seat, after Dausa constituency changed to reserved category post-delimitation.

BJP's Kiran Maheshwari, who is the sitting MLA from Rajsamand and former MP from Udaipur, is contesting against Pilot.

The polling to the 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan is to be held on May 7.

Yash Goyal in Jaipur
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