Updated: November 16, 2018 7:05:13 am
The Congress announced a list of 152 candidates for the upcoming Assembly elections in Rajasthan late on Thursday night. Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot will contest from Sardarpura constituency in Jodhpur while Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot will fight the elections from Tonk.
Pilot, who is a former MP from Dausa and Ajmer, will be contesting the Assembly elections for the first time.
Senior Congress leader CP Joshi will be fighting the elections from Nathdwara constituency, while former BJP MP Harish Meena, who joined the Congress on Wednesday, has been fielded from Deoli-Uniara constituency.
Former BJP MLA Habibur Rahaman, who also joined the Congress on Wednesday after being denied a ticket, will fight the elections from Nagaur constituency.
The much-anticipated Congress list came four days after the BJP announced its first list of 131 candidates and a day after the ruling party released its second list of 31 more candidates.
The Congress list is a mix of both old-timers who were ministers during the previous Gehlot regime — such as Shanti Dhariwal and Bharosi Lal Jatav — along with younger faces such as Divya Maderna, who will contest from Osian constituency. Maderna’s father Mahipal Maderna is a former Congress MLA and is currently in jail because of his alleged involvement in the Bhanwari Devi murder case.
Muslim candidates who have been fielded include Ameen Kagzi from Kishanpole, Naseem Akhtar Insaaf from Pushkar, Rahaman from Nagaur, Zakir Hussain Gaisawat from Makrana, Saleh Mohammed from Pokaran and Ameen Khan from Sheo. Lok Sabha MP from Congress Raghu Sharma, who won the bye-elections in Ajmer earlier this year, will contest the elections from Kekri constituency in Ajmer district.
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