Nagaur has always been a Congress bastion. The party has won 11 out of 15 Lok Sabha elections from here. But results of the recently concluded assembly elections have shown that Nagaur could be breached. Congress could not win a single seat in Nagaur region during the assembly polls.
Not a very pleasant going for Cong’s Jyoti Mirdha, the party’s candidate for Lok Sabha elections and sitting MP.
The miserable performance in the assembly polls has also paved way for disaffection and differences within the party’s local unit.
However, Mirdha is confident. She said she would go to the voters and seek another term on the developmental plank. “Development will be my main plank as I have been in touch with the villagers directly and have sorted out their difficulties directly over the years. We (Congress) have been able to bring the biggest drinking water scheme in the country and the district, the work of which is underway. The foundation stone was laid down by Sonia Gandhi in November last,” she said.
On the other hand, former Congress MLAs of Didwana (Rupa Ram Dudi), Makrana (Zakir Hussain) and Parbatsar (Mohan Lal) are vehemently opposing her candidature. When the party finally decided to field Mirdha, the three upset legislators decided to support Hanuman Beniwal, an independent, sources said.
Secondly, Beniwal has not just won friends from Congress camp but BJP too.
A section of BJP workers are also unhappy with the candidature of Chotu Ram Chaudhary, terming him an ‘outsider’. This means that things won’t be easy for BJP as well as it was during the assembly elections.
Nagaur is a Jat dominated seat with sizeable number of Muslims and Dalits voters. Rajputs and Brahmins are other major chunk of voters in the area. Not only Congress but BJP too has always banked upon a Jat candidate since 1971.
In the present scenario, although BSP, SP, AAP and Trinmool Congress have fielded their candidates but the main contest thereby remain between three jats — Mirdha, Chaudhary and Beniwal. In the triangular contest whosoever would get the majority of minority votes would win the election as Jat votes would be divided among the three, said a political expert.
“BJP candidate is relying on Modi wave, while Mirdha is banking on the traditional vote bank of Congress — minority and SC and Beniwal is in fray for his claimed image of a crusader for Nagaur people,” said Yunus Khan, a political