Denying ticket to senior Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh, the party on Friday fielded ex-Congress leader Col (retd) Sonaram Chaudhary from the seat. Singh, a former union minister, was seeking party ticket from Barmer constituency. Singh’s son Manvendra Singh is BJP MLA from Sheo assembly constituency which comes under Barmer parliamentary constituency.
According to party sources, Singh has been denied ticket due to his differences with chief minister Vasundhara Raje and his son being MLA from one of the assembly seats in Barmer.
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The party also announced three more candidates completing its list of 25 candidates. The party fielded water resources minister Sanwar Lal Jat from Ajmer against Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot, senior advocate PP Choudhary from Pali, and Dr Manoj Rajoria from Karauli-Dholpur (SC). Rajoria has unsuccessfully contested from the seat in 2009.
Opposition to Sonaram Chaudhary had started in Barmer ever since he joined the BJP on March 18 and there were speculations of his contesting from the party ticket. The party workers even locked the party office on Friday and shouted slogans against Chaudhary. He has been MP and MLA on Congress ticket but lost assembly elections in 2013 from Baytoo constituency. Chaudhary had differences with former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and other senior Congress leaders.