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Cong has an edge over BJP in Udaipur

The last minute shift of BJP stalwart Gulab Chand Kataria from Badi Sadari to Udaipur city resulted in heartburn among the aspirants for the party ticket.

india Updated: Nov 17, 2003 17:05 IST

In the first round of the run-up to the election, the Congress seems to have a clear edge over the BJP.

While the Congress camp looked united with the party deciding to renominate all the sitting MLAs in the district and muting the detractors, the last minute shift of BJP stalwart Gulab Chand Kataria from Badi Sadari to Udaipur city resulted in heartburn among the aspirants for the party ticket.

The BJP is reeling under convulsion with almost all the party office bearers’ of the city unit deciding to quit their posts in protest against the selection of party nominee. They kept away from the reception to Kataria on his arrival here and at the filing of nomination papers on Wednesday.

Gulab Chand Kataria, who represented Udaipur twice in the Assembly earlier could not see eye to eye with many party leaders led by party veteran Bhanu Kumar Shastri.

That has forced him to find a safe seat in Badi Sadri in the last elections that he won. But this time around it was his chance to turn the tables against his detractors here by shifting the seats. He has denied ticket to Mangilal Joshi who is in the opposite camp and at the same time showed his opponents that he would be calling the shots in Udaipur division.

Another major surprise was the selection of Vandana Meena for the Udaipur rural seat ignoring the claim of ex-minister Chunnilal Garasia. There is talk that Chunnilal may file his papers as a rebel candidate spoiling the chances of Vandana Meena. Another party veteran Shantilal Chaplot is facing the ire of the party workers from Mavli constituency with his own party workers burning his effigies in protest against his candidature. Meanwhile, the party’s district rural unit is opposing the candidature of Arjun Meena from Salumber seat tooth and nail.

The campaign was being spearheaded by party district (rural) president Hari Singh Chauhan himself. In Mavli the Congress nominee and sitting MLA Shiv Singh Chauhan is facing a local rebel in Devilal Chandalia who was a strong contender for the seat.

Kataria says the dissension was a reaction of initial impulses and would soon fade away once the campaign gathers momentum after the filing of the nomination papers. He says the party workers would strive for the success of the party nominee, as party is bigger than individuals.