Rajasthan

By Supriya Jha | Last Updated: Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 15:30

Supriya Jha

  • The royal state of Rajasthan is the largest state in terms of area and sends 25 elected members to the lower house of the Parliament or Lok Sabha.
  • The contest for 25 parliamentary constituencies will be held in two phased on  17 April (Phase 5) and 24 April (Phase 6).
  • Barmer in Rajasthan, which created much furore within BJP recently, is the largest parliamentary constituency in Rajasthan and second largest constituency in India.
  • Some other major parliamentary constituencies in the state are Dausa, Jaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur and Kota.
  • Rajasthan`s politics has been dominated by two leading parties - the BJP and the Congress – with anti-incumbency and factors of development and governance playing big role in elections.
  • In last Lok Sabha polls, the saffron party had been badly trounced by the Congress which swept the polls by winning 20 seats out of 25, leaving the BJP with 4 seats, while one seat was bagged by an independent.
  • The BJP`s loss in 2009 was cause mainly by BJP infightings and evident corruption in Vasundhara Raje government.
  • However, this is 2014 and the things look quiet different, especially after last year`s Assembly elections which saw the BJP coming back to power with a bang. (BJP won a whopping 162 seats against 21 that fell in Congress` kit)
  • In 2013 Assembly polls, the BJP cashed in on the anti-incumbency factor against previous CM-led Ashok Gehlot government, and mostly from the pan-India Modi wave, which seemed to have a great impact on Rajasthan`s electorate.
  • CM Vasundhara Raje`s win just ahead of Lok Sabha elections augurs well for the BJP as 2013 Assembly polls were billed as a semi-final to the 2014 polls.
  • Congress had to bear the brunt of poor governance and corruption taint with even Gehlot`s relatives accused in mining scams.
  • Main candidates from Congress contesting election are Mohammed Azharuddin (Tonk), Gopal Singh Shekhawat from (Rajsamand), Sachin Pilot (Ajmer).
  • Congress has also given ticket to Leela Maderna from Osiyan. She is the wife of Mahipal Maderna (in jail for Bhanwari Devi murder case)
  • Cong candidate from Jaipur is Mahesh Joshi.
  • For Barmer, the BJP has denied ticket to veteran leader Jaswant Singh, who is now contesting as independent.
  • BJP has given ticket to Col. Sonaram Choudhary, who has defected from Conress, to field from Barmer.
  • Also the BJP is fielding Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore from Jaipur Rural and Harish Chandra Meena from Dausa.
  • Opinion polls predict 20 or more seats for the BJP, while Congress may get just five or less seats.


  • First Published: Friday, March 28, 2014 - 17:24

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