Selection of weak candidates, inner differences and entering of rebel candidates in the fray, might prove dear to the BJP in the forthcoming assembly elections.
Voices are being raised against the official candidates announced by the party so far. The disappointed party workers, who were in the race of ticket seekers, have decided to contest either as independents or in alliance with the Samajwadi Party or Samajik Nyay Manch.
In a TV programme last night, State BJP vice-president Onkar Singh Lakhawat said the party is fielding candidates based on their past performance and that the question of rebel candidates simply did not arise. But in reality, especially in Ajmer district, party workers have started raising their voice against the official candidates.
In some places, the rebels have decided to contest merely to defeat the official party candidates while in other places, effigies are being burnt to register protest. In such circumstances, the BJP, which was hoping to capture at least four to five seats, would be satisfied if it is able to repeat its past performance.
In Pushkar, Bhanwar Singh Palara, who was in the race against sitting MLA Ramjan Khan, has decided to contest the election either as an independent or with support from the Samajik Nyay Manch. Speaking to Hindustan Times, Palara alleged that Khan has lost the ground in Pushkar. He said voters in Pushkar constituency would not vote for a candidate who has spent over five years in a Pune jail and is charged with firing at the Pali SP and is reportedly facing charges of drug trafficking.
On the other hand, Vasudev Devnani, fielded from the Ajmer West seat, is being treated as an outsider and yesterday, some BJP workers burnt his effigy at Kesarganj.
Some BJP workers claimed that Devnani would not get even the Sindhi votes. Though senior party leaders like PS Dashora and Onkar Singh Lakhawat have maintained that Devnani is not an outsider, but sources said they too are not happy with the official choice.
In Kekri, Gopal Dhobi, chairman of the Kekri municipality is also regarded as a weak candidate and protest against the decision to field him has already started. The initial announcement of Kishan Songara's name for the Ajmer East seat and subsequent withdrawal has caused resentment among party leaders. Some party leaders have warned the high command that if Songara is denied the ticket, they would work against the interests of the party.
Nasirabad and Kishangarh are Congress strongholds and from here, sitting MLA Gobind Singh Gurjar and Nathuram Sinodia have a strong chance. However, the BJP has a good chance of retaining the Bhinai seat and can win the Beawar seat too if a strong candidate is fielded.