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Rajasthan: By election dates for Alwar, Ajmer and Mandalgarh declared

The election will be held in all the three constituencies on January 29. Counting of votes will take place on February 1.

| Updated:
February 1, 2018 11:08 am
Rajasthan state secretariat building

Jaipur: The election commission on Thursday announced the schedule of by-elections for parliamentary (Lok Sabha) constituencies of Ajmer and Alwar and assembly constituency of Mandalgarh in Rajasthan. The election will be held in all the three constituencies on January 29. Counting of votes will take place on February 1.

The final electoral role will be published on January 2.

The schedule of the by elections in Rajasthan is as follow:

Date of issue of gazette notification: January 3 (Wednesday)

Late date of nominations: January 10 (Wednesday)

Date for scrutiny of nominations: January 11 (Monday)

Last date for withdrawal of candidatures: January 15 (Monday)

Date of polling: January 29 (Monday)

Date of counting of votes: February 1 (Thursday)

Congress party in Rajasthan has already declared its candidate for Alwar constituency. It has nominated Dr Karan Singh Yadav. Both the parties are yet to declare candidates for Ajmer and Mandalgarh. BJP is yet to nominate a candidate for Alwar Lok Sabha seat.

The Alwar Lok Sabha 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. BJP MLA from Bhilwara district’s Mandalgarh constituency Kirti Kumari died of swine flu on August 28.

A lot will be at stake for Vasundhara Raje government and BJP’s Rajasthan unit when three constituencies in the state will go to polls.

Both BJP and Congress will leave no stone unturned as the by-poll results will likely have a substantial impact on the performance of each side in the upcoming assembly elections.

The parliamentary constituency of Ajmer was being represented by Sanwar Lal Jat, a senior Jat community leaders and an influential politician of the area, known for successfully taking on senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot. Earlier there were reports that Congress might field Pilot, but it now seems unlikely. The party may decide to nominate a new face.

First published: December 28, 2017
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