Cong, BJP in Raj may field mix of veterans, freshers

Diya Kumari

For both the Congress and the Opposition BJP in Rajasthan, ticket distribution for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls may turn out to be a tight affair.

Out of the 25 seats in Rajasthan, 23 seats are held by the BJP and 2 by the Congress.

While the BJP and Congress may try to give tickets to some candidates who lost in the Assembly polls, newcomers may also get an opportunity, party leaders in the state said.

Meanwhile, both parties have conducted a few feedback meetings.

According to the sources in the BJP camp, the party may drop a few sitting MPs to give a chance to new faces.

BJP state president Madan Lal Saini said: "As of now, we are sure about 13-15 seats. However, for about 10 seats, we are still yet to decide".

With the party wanting to repeat its 2014 feat by winning all 25 seats, Saini said the caste equation will also play a huge role.

Erstwhile royal and former MLA Diya Kumari from Sawai Madhopur has shown an interest in contesting from Jaipur.

According to the party sources, the high command is yet to decide on her candidature as the Jaipur rural constituency is represented by MoS for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who also happens to be a Rajput.

The Congress has also shown willingness to launch new faces. PCC president and Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot has said that winnable candidates will be given tickets.

However, in some constituencies, the Congress is facing a tricky situation. Revenue Minister Harish Chaudhary and BJP leader Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh, who is now in the Congress, are eyeing Barmer.

There is a rumour that Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot's son Vaibhav Gehlot may contest the Jalore-Sirohi constituency.

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