One of the safest seats in Rajasthan for BJP is Vidyadhar Nagar. Since 2003, BJP has been wining it successively. Even in last elections when Congress won 5 out of 8 seats in Jaipur city, Narpat Singh Rajvi, who is not considered an active politician, won the seat comfortably.
The party has fielded erstwhile Princess of Jaipur Diya Kumari on this seat.
It's kind of cake walk for Diya Kumari. Anyone with symbol of lotus can win from Vidyadhar Nagar. Diya Kumari is popular face in Jaipur, she will win with record margin,” said Deep Singh Shekhawat, a resident of Vidyadhar Nagar.
The Congress has fielded a comparatively weaker candidate Sitaram Agrawal against Diya Kumari. Agarwal, who had contested last elections against Rajvi lost the battle by over 31,000 votes.
Agrawal comes from a business community and is the director in Mangla Ispat Limited, which manufactures iron bars.
“There are good number of bania votes in this constituency along with Rajput votes, but Agrawal doesn't have that appeal. Diya Kumari is a strong candidate, Congress should have fielded a candidate who can match the might of royalty,” Pawan Sharma, another resident of Vidyadhar Nagar.
Before the distribution of tickets, BJP was mulling over fielding Diya Kunari from Civil Lines against Pratap Singh Khachariyawas. However, the central leadership changes its mind and offer Kumari an easy seat.
Diya Kumari, though, has proved her political acumen in the past. She had been MLA from Sawai Madhopur, 130 kms from her erstwhile ‘kingdom' Jaipur and is sitting member of parliament from Rajsamand, which is even farther from Jaipur -300 kms.
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