The party’s poor performance is particularly notable in places where the state had witnessed violence during and after the April 2 bandh, which was called in protest against the Supreme Court order on the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
The state units of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan opted for the Congress standard operating procedure, authorising the party president to nominate the legislature party leader who will take over as Chief Minister.
Apart from a promise to waive off farmers’ loans within 10 days of coming to power, the party has also pledged to make education in government schools, colleges and universities free for women from all categories.
Both Rahul and Adityanath will be at Pokhran on the same day to garner support for their parties in a contest in which two influential Hindu and Muslim religious figures have been pitted against each other.
In the third list released on Sunday, some of the notable faces include former ministers BD Kalla and Aimamuddin Ahmed Khan, who have been fielded from Bikaner West and Tijara, respectively, along with current Lok Sabha MP Karan Singh Yadav.