Revolt simmering against official Cong candidates
The Congress party is facing rebellious candidates in the Marwar region, considered to be a safe haven for the party.india Updated: Nov 17, 2003 18:44 IST
The Congress party is facing rebellious candidates in the Marwar region, considered to be a safe haven for the party. A number of party leaders have either joined other parties or have filed nominations as independent candidates.
On Friday, the Chief Minister’s stay at Jodhpur also witnessed some efforts at appeasing the groups not satisfied with the distribution of party tickets. The minority community, which has traditionally extended support to the Congress, has put up a candidate unanimously for the Jodhpur city constituency.
Minority community leaders were demanding representation from the Congress party. But the party has decided to provide Jugal Kabra with one more chance. On Thursday, the community declared Ghulam Rabbani as its candidate for the Jodhpur city seat. Gehlot is aware that a strong candidate from the minority community can spoil the equation against Kabra.
He addressed a meeting of party workers in the Walled City and gave a call for unity among party workers.
The CM is also facing challenge from a former party worker who has filed nomination on a Nationalist Congress Party ticket. Mukesh Gehlot, a counsellor, is running his campaign with support from some colonies in the Mahamandir area.
Similarly, Jagdish Kadela (Luni), Onkar Kachhawaha (Bilara), Priyavrata Singh (Sumerpur), Dilip Choudhary (Jaitaran) and Ratna Ram (Raniwara), all Congress leaders, have filed their nomination against the official party candidates.