Congress has fielded Dr Karan Singh Yadav as its candidate for the upcoming by-elections in Rajasthan’s Alwar parliamentary constituency. The announcement has put to rest speculations that the party will nominate former MP and cabinet minister Jitendra Singh.
Dr Yadav has been a member of parliament as well as a state legislator. He has a strong grip on the electorate at the grassroots level in Alwar, apart from enjoying support of Yadavs, one of the dominating castes in the constituency.
Pradesh Congress Committee announced Yadav’s nomination after getting a go-ahead from the party high command in Delhi.
Dr Yadav was a cardiologist and the superintendent of SMS Hospital between 1998 and 2003. After he joined Congress, he won state assembly elections from Alwar’s Behror constituency and parliamentary elections from Alwar seat.
Congress also considered fielding Jitendra Singh who faced defeat from Mahant Chandnath in the previous parliamentary elections.
When Dr Yadav’s name was put up before the party high command, there was a general consensus among the senior party leaders, sources said.
The seat fell vacant when Mahant Chandnath, BJP MP from Alwar parliamentary constituency, passed away
on September 17 while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Delhi. He was 61-year-old.
Earlier BJP MP from Ajmer Sanwar Lal Jat
had died of cardiac arrest.
The Congress is yet to nominate its candidate for Ajmer parliamentary seat. BJP has not declared its candidate for both the seats, but may follow suit in the next couple of days.
The upcoming Alwar and Ajmer bypolls are being seen as a big opportunity as well as a challenge for Congress and ruling BJP in Rajasthan. For the Ajmer parliamentary seat, there are reports that Congress may field the party’s state president Sachin Pilot
while BJP may go with late Sanwar Lal Jat’s son Ramswaroop Lamba.
The by-polls will be held for the parliamentary constituencies of Ajmer and Alwar and state constituency of Mandalgarh. The elections are expected to take place by January 15.
First published: December 24, 2017