Former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje, her close associate Narpat Singh Rajvi, and Jyoti Mirdha, daughter of Jat leader Nathuram Mirdha, figure among the 83 candidates BJP announced for the November 25 state polls.
In order to maintain uncertainty about who it would run, the party has not yet announced its candidates for Sardarpura and Tonk, respectively, against Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his main opponent Sachin Pilot. It granted opposition leader Rajendra Singh Rathore's plea to be moved from Churu to nearby Taranagar.
Descendant of Maharana Pratap, Vishwaraj Singh, who had joined BJP recently, will contest from Nathdwara against Congress veteran and state assembly speaker CP Joshi.
Vasundhara loyalist Rajvi, son-in-law of former CM Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, who was replaced at Vidyadhar Nagar by Diya Kumari, party MP and scion of the erstwhile royal family of Jaipur, has now been accommodated at Chittorgarh. The news that Vasundhara had been renominated was hardly shocking. However, this in addition to the fact that a large number of the 50 incumbents running again are her supporters, does little to dispel the doubt regarding the former CM's chances of winning the presidency a third time. For the 200-member assembly, the party has announced 124 candidates for Rajasthan so far, with 76 still pending. Despite the simultaneous announcement of the fifth list of candidates for both Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, neither Union minister nor Member of Parliament was fielded.