Days after the Congress fielded Sachin Pilot from Tonk, the BJP Monday announced that Yoonus Khan will contest the elections from the Muslim-dominated constituency in Rajasthan. Khan, state transport minister and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s closest aide, is a sitting MLA from Deedwana constituency of Nagaur district. He replaces MLA Ajit Singh Mehta.
Khan and Pilot are expected to file their nomination papers Monday, the last day to do so. Khan was one of the two Muslim candidates elected on BJP ticket in 2013.
The BJP Monday released its fifth list of six candidates for the upcoming elections. It has dropped Mehta and Shankarlal Kharadi, who were earlier given tickets from Tonk and Kherwara, respectively. Nanala Aahri will contest the polls from Kerwara instead. Apart from this, Mukesh Goyel will contest from Kotputali, Mohit Yadav from Behror, O P Saini from Karauli, Rajendra Vinayaka from Kekri and Ramchandra Utta from Khinwsar.
Rajasthan votes on December 7 and results will be declared on December 11.