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Raj BJP, JD(U) continue to tussle for Banswara

Candidates of both alliance partners have filed their papers from the reserved Banswara seat in southern Rajasthan.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Jaipur
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2004 01:52 PM IST

The tussle for Banswara parliamentary seat between BJP and its NDA partner Janata Dal (United) continued on Friday with both parties being adamant on contesting the seat.

Candidates of both the parties have filed their nomination papers from the reserved seat in southern Rajasthan and none of the parties seem to be in a mood to relent.

Although BJP had earlier announced to leave Banswara seat for Janata Dal (U) but local units of the saffron party in Banswara and Dungarpur stoutly opposed the decision.

JD (U) today threatened not only to contest Banswara seat on its own but also to oppose BJP candidates in the areas of its influence if the saffron party failed to withdraw its candidate Dhan Singh Rawat who filed his papers yesterday, the last day of filing papers.

"We have already allotted JD(U) symbol to our official part nominee JM Khant, a member of state assembly, and there is no question of his withdrawal, said state general secretary Jugal Kishore Agrawal.

BJP should honour its commitment to leave the seat for JD-U, he said.

On the other hand, BJP sources said JD-U was "being requested to see reason and allow our candidate to contest as only BJP was in a position to win the seat".

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