Manvendra Singh to take on CM Vasundhara Raje

In a surprising move, Congress is fielding BJP stalwart Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh against BJP’s Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje from Jhalrapatan, in Rajasthan. She filed her nomination papers earlier today at Jhalawar district secretariat.Manvendra Singh broke his ties with the BJP last month and later joined Congress.  Jaswant Singh, a close associate of former Prime Minister Vajpayee and also served in his cabinet, was denied party seat last time. So, he contested as an independent and lost the election.

Singh, 54, who won from Barmer’s Sheo constituency as a BJP candidate in the 2013 Assembly elections, had announced at a rally in September that he is leaving the BJP. “Kamal ka Phool Badi Bhool’, he had said, claiming that going with the BJP’s election symbol, the lotus, was a “big mistake”.

The Congress released it second list of 32 candidates for the December 7 assembly election in Rajasthan. The second list was released by the Congress general secretary and in-charge of Rajasthan Mukul Wasnik.

It had earlier declared 152 candidates in the first list on Thursday night. Manvendra Singh, a former BJP MLA from Sheo, in September quit the saffron party to join the Congress ahead of the assembly election, resigning as MLA. Senior Congress leaders, including Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot and CP Joshi, are also contesting the state election.

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