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Voters' enthusiasm low in Ajmer

Voters' enthusiasm seems to be lacking completely in Ajmer, where BJP candidate Rasa Singh Rawat is seeking a fifth term in Lok Sabha.
PTI | By Press Trust of India, Ajmer
PUBLISHED ON APR 21, 2004 08:06 PM IST

Voters' enthusiasm seems to be lacking completely leading to a lacklustre campaign in the Ajmer parliamentary constituency from where BJP candidate Rasa Singh Rawat is seeking a fifth term in Lok Sabha.

A general feeling of disenchantment is evident among the people everywhere in the constituency comprising entire Ajmer district, excluding Kekri assembly segment.

The general feeling among voters is that, there is no use in expecting from any candidate that he would take interest in our problems or development of the area after he gets elected."

Congress has apparently tried to play the Muslim card by fielding Habibur Rehman from the adjoining Nasgaur district, against the BJP member of the dissolved lower house.

The move is aimed more at affecting the larger election scenario at the state level than gaining local advantage.

Though five more candidates, including Paras Mal Chatar of BSP, are in the fray, the battle of ballots would be fought mainly between BJP and Congress candidates.

A section of BJP reportedly wanted a change of candidate but caste factors weighed in Rawat's favour in view of about 50,000 rawat voters in the constituency.

He is being pulled up by voters at some places during his campaign tour for not (not) attending to their problems and also not doing anything substantial for development of the constituency.

Congress candidate Habibur Rehman had sought party ticket from neighbouring Naguar constituency but the party fielded him from Ajmer instead at the last moment upsetting several local aspirants.

Congress candidate is facing uphill task in organising his election campaign as party workers, completely unknown faces for him, are yet to be fully mobilised.

The less than 50,000 Muslim voters may not support him enblock as dewan of famous Dargah of Soofi Saint Khwaja Moinuddin Chisti has already announced to support BJP.

Anjuman, an organisation of dargah Khadims, donated Rs 75,000 to BJP for holding a kisan sammelan last year.

Adding to Rehman's vows Congress has failed to organise a single public meeting in his support so far.

However, Rehman is banking on traditional Congress votes including those of SC and ST people and also on the anti-incumbency factor which he hopes would be woking against BJP.

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