After being named in the BJP’s second list of candidates for the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly polls, former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Saturday expressed her gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the party’s national president JP Nadda for putting forward their confidence in her and safeguarding her candidacy. Jhalrapatan.
Taking her official responsibility on social media platform believe in me and make me the candidate for Jhalrapatan assembly. Together we will achieve a record victory, Jai-Jai Rajasthan! “
I think it is, I-जय… pic.twitter.com/JnoWaePzve
– Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) October 21, 2023
Earlier in the day, the BJP released its second list of candidates for the November 25 parliamentary elections, with Raje securing a ticket for another term in the House of Representatives from the Jhalrapatan constituency.
The party has fielded 83 candidates in its second list, with some prominent names including former Rajasthan president of the BJP, Satish Punia, fielded from the Amber constituency.
Leader of the Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly, Rajendra Rathore will contest the elections from Taranagar constituency, while former MP Jyoti Mirdha, who joined the BJP last month after quitting the ruling Congress, has been fielded from Nagaur constituency.
Jhalrapatan was the preferred Assembly constituency for the former chief minister to contest the state elections.
Meanwhile, the Congress on Saturday announced its first list of 33 candidates for the upcoming elections. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has been named Congress candidate from Sardarpura constituency, while his former deputy Sachin Pilot will hand over his nomination papers from Tonk constituency.
Govind Singh Dotasra, a sitting minister and president of the Rajasthan Congress Committee, will contest the polls from Lachhmangarh.
Senior Congress leader and Assembly Speaker CP Joshi will contest from the Nathdwara seat, while Divya Maderna and incumbent minister Ashok Chandna will file their nominations from the Osian and Hindoli seats respectively.
Child Empowerment Minister Mamta Bhupesh will participate from Sikrai-SC seat.
The Congress came out on top in the last Assembly polls in 2018 and won 99 seats in the 200-member Assembly, making it the largest party.
The BJP finished a close second with 73 seats. Counting of votes for Rajasthan, along with four other election-bound states, is scheduled to begin on December 3.
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