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Sardarpura

Sardarpura being the Chief Minister?s constituency is going to get special attention by all players in this field.

india Updated: Oct 16, 2003 20:36 IST

As the election commission has declared the dates for the Assembly elections in the State, all the political parties have intensified activities in the region. Sardarpura being the Chief Minister’s constituency is going to get special attention by all players in this field.

Already a social organisation in Jodhpur has declared to introduce a eunuch as an independent candidate from Sardarpura and many other parties are ready to put extra efforts for the constituency. But political analysts are still debating over whether Ashok Gehlot would try his ability from this seat or find another one. Congress enjoys a firm base in Marwar region.

But this time, Indian National Lok Dal, Nationalist Congress Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Rashtriya Lok Dal along with Bhartiya Janta Party, are targeting the Chief Minister’s hometown. “Just wait and see a number of Congress leaders quitting the party,” claims Chandra Raj Singhavi BJP’s state leader who is planning some more ‘joining ceremonies’ in the coming week.

BJP president Venkaiah Naidu addressed the Dalit Mahapanchayat in Sardarpura and the party tried to spread the message that the Dalit communities are still waiting for their rights as Congress party has used them just as a vote bank. Swadeshi Mela, the ten-day fair, was inaugurated here on October 1. It was an ideal venue for the BJP leaders to highlight party’s policies and target the state government on various issues. Vishwa Hindu Parishad was also active during the fair while launching signature campaign for temple construction in Ayodhya.

At least five of the ministers of Vajpayee cabinet along with a number of leaders from Sangh Parivar are going to attend the fair. The Centre for Bhartiya Marketing Development, a forum of Swadeshi Jagran Manch, is organising the fair but considering the coming assembly elections, a number of other organisations were invited to take the advantage of the fair where 50 to 80,000 visitors can be contacted daily.

Union Agriculture Minister Rajnath Singh was the Chief Guest of the inaugural function and the Finance Minister Jaswant Singh Jasol was the Chief Guest of the concluding ceremony. DJ Doll aka Shefali Jariwala, who had raised quite a storm with the remixed version of the Lata Mangeshkar number “Kaanta laga”, was in Sun City for participating in a dandiya nite.

Local unit of the Journalists’ Association of Rajasthan, Marudhara Patrakaar Sangh, Akhil Bhartiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and the Jodhpur Press Club have launched an agitation protesting the manhandling of a journalist and photographer of a regional daily newspaper at the Jai Narayan Vyas University.

First Published: Oct 16, 2003 20:36 IST