By P K Gupta
The BJP has fielded a dalit foreign educated outsider-woman in Muslim dominated Kaman constituency. The Congress is yet to finalise its candidates. Its sitting MLA Zahida is facing opposition in the area.
For 31-year-old Nauksham Chaudhary, Kaman may be a new constituency but Mewat of which Kaman is a part, is the birth place of this young BJP leader who belongs to neighbouring Haryana.
In 2019 Haryana assembly election, she contested from Punhana – again a Muslim dominated constituency of Haryana. She had lost the election but caught the eyes of BJP central leadership, who decided to ‘parachute-drop' her in Rajasthan's Kaman.
In 2018, elections Zahida from Congress had won from Kaman while in 2013, Jagat Singh, son of former Congress leader Natwar Singh, had won the seat.
Who is Nauksham Chaudhary?
Nauksham Chaudhary is a masters in fashion, business and brand management from Milan in Italy, where she went for higher education after graduating from Miranda House in New Delhi.
She is daughter of Ram Kumar Chaudhary, who is a retired judge and Ranjit Kaur, a retired Haryana Civil Services (HCS) officer. Kaur, a 2002 batch officer is facing an ACB probe in which it has been alleged that selections having been made on political and extraneous considerations when Om Prakash Chautala was the chief minister.
Kaman has around 2.5 lakh voters about of which more than one lakh are Muslims. The constituency also has sizeable dalit and Jat population.