There is a sudden flurry of activities in the market of Bamanwas in Sawai Madhopur district on Sunday. People are heard telling each other about the scheduled visit of BJP candidate Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria in their area.
Soon, a convoy of 8-10 vehicles with two SUVs enters the market and the BJP candidate Sukhbir Singh Jaunapuria waves at people. He is welcomed with garlands. Jaunapuria urges people to vote for him.
Sawai Singh, a resident of Gehnoli village of Tonk Sawai Madhopur parliamentary constituency says his village has 60% Gujjar population and will vote for Jaunapuria.
However, there is no election like atmosphere in the villages.
One Sitaram resident of Bamanwas says in villages people would simply go out and vote on the day of election. Discussions on elections in chaupals and tea stalls take place only during the assembly election and in Lok Sabha election, people just vote for the candidate or party of their choice.
Jaunapuria urges people to vote and make Narendra Modi the prime minister. He says people chose BJP in the state, as they wanted change. They would vote similarly in the Lok Sabha elections too, as they want change at the centre also.
Interacting with the people in this constituency, it appears the popularity of BJP is stronger compared to Congress.Kuldeep Kumawat, resident of Sawai Madhopur says: “Raje government has done work in the last four months in Sawai Madhopur and people will vote for BJP for more development work in this Lok Sabha constituency.”
Guman Singh in Bamanwas says: “People are just coming out to see Congress candidate Mohammad Azharuddin, as he was a cricketer and his wife Sangeeta Bijlani was a Bollywood actor. They do not see him as a Congress candidate.”
Sardar Singh, resident of Sumel village near Bamanwas says: “People will certainly vote for the BJP this time.”
On the National People’s Party candidate Jagmohan Meena, Roshan Gurjar says: “He is not making any impact and the contest is actually between the BJP and the Congress.”