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Dausa gears up to an interesting fight between two women key contenders

Press Trust of India  |  Jaipur 

constituency neighbouring is gearing to an interesting woman vs woman fight with both the BJP and having fielded women candidates from here.

With the BJP belatedly announcing former Union Jaskaur Meena's candidature from here, has emerged as the sole parliamentary constituency in the state to have two women contenders to take on each other.

The has fielded its sitting MLA Murari Meena's wife from this reserved parliamentary seat.

The BJP took time to finalise its candidate for as the constituency had several contenders backed by different factions within the party.

The ticket seekers among BJP leaders reportedly included member Kirodi Singh Meena and independent MLA

While wanted a ticket for his wife Golma Devi, Hudla was backed by former Rajasthan Vasundhara Raje, say poll watchers.

With able to secure the BJP ticket amid the multilateral contest for it within the party, the is hoping to capitalise on a perceived dissension within the saffron party.

"There is a massive tussle going on within the BJP. The Congress will get the benefit due to tussle between the local political leaders dominance. The Congress will definitely get the edge," said party's

In the 2018 assembly elections, the political rivalry of local Meena community leaders had played a spoilsport for the BJP where the party could not win any of the seven assembly seats in Dausa parliamentary constituency.

The BJP leaders, however, deny any dissension within the party over grant of ticket to Jaskaur Meena, saying her name was finalised after Union HRD met all three contenders. He had also met Raje.

The BJP leaders also deny that the delay in announcement of candidate would impact the party's poll prospects.

"The Congress will not be able to take any edge over us. Don't worry everything will get right soon. We have started campaigning in right earnest and holding meetings in support of Jaskaur Meena," BJP said.

Political commentators, however, say the tussle within the BJP for Dausa seat is not new.

In 2008, the BJP had given ticket to from Sawai Madhopur seat after denying it to who had then left the BJP.

In 2014, Dr Meena contested election on ticket unsuccessfully. Ahead of the 2018 assembly election, he joined the BJP again and became from the party.

Dausa parliamentary seat comprises seven assembly seats. The Congress had won Lalsot, Dausa, Sikrai and Chaksu assembly seats while BJP dissident was elected as an independent from Mahuwa seat.

Two other independent candidates from Bassi and Thanagazi seats have supported the Congress government in the state.

Dausa is slated to go to polls on May 6 along with a total of 51 constituencies in seven states in the 5th phase of the elections.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 23:05 IST