Jhalrapatan constituency result: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday won the Jhalrapatan Assembly seat, defeating her Congress rival Manvendra Singh by 34,980 votes.
Jhalrapatan constituency result: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Tuesday won the Jhalrapatan Assembly seat, defeating her Congress rival Manvendra Singh by 34,980 votes. Singh, son of BJP stalwart Jaswant Singh, switched over from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) just a few weeks before he was fielded against the Chief Minister.
Manvendra Singh was denied ticket in the last Assembly election and so he contested as an independent and lost. The family’s relations with the BJP turned sour from then on.
Raje is the face of the saffron party in Rajasthan for the last 15 years. She had won elections in 2003 from Jhalrapatan constituency in Jhalawar district and was made the first female Chief Minister of the state.
Raje comes the royal Scindia family of Madhya Pradesh and enjoys the support of Rajputs. Raje has also dominance in Jat and Gurjar as she is married to a Jat and has a son who married a Gurjar. However, this time, there is a sense of anger among the Rajput community against Raje over a range of issues.
Jhalrapatan is considered a stronghold of the BJP. Except for two terms in 1985 and 1998, the BJP has always won from here. In 2013 polls, Raje had defeated Congress’ Meenakshi Chandrawat by over 60,000 votes.
This time, the Congress has sought to capitalise on the Rajput anger and fielded BJP veteran Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh against Raje from Jhalrapatan. Singh feels that there was a Congress wave in Rajasthan and people want change.
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Jhalrapatan has a total of 2.73 lakh which includes 1.33 female voters. This time, Jhalrapatan has recorded a voter turn out of 77.84% against 79.12% in 2013.