In preparation for the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly Elections in 2023, the Congress party has released its sixth list of candidates, consisting of 22 nominees. Notably, the party has decided not to grant a ticket to Public Health Engineering Department Minister, Mahesh Joshi, for his Hawa Mahal constituency in Jaipur. Instead, the party has selected R R Tiwari, the president of its Jaipur city unit, to contest from that constituency.
With this announcement, the Congress has now revealed its candidates for 178 out of the total 200 seats. Additionally, they have reserved one seat, Bharatpur, for the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).
It’s important to note that Mahesh Joshi, along with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Shanti Dhariwal and Rajasthan Tourism Development Corporation (RTDC) chairman Dharmendra Rathore, had received notices from the party for their alleged indiscipline. This occurred after Congress MLAs aligned with the Ashok Gehlot camp skipped a Congress Legislature Party meeting at the chief minister’s residence in Jaipur, choosing instead to hold a parallel meeting at Dhariwal’s residence to oppose the potential appointment of Sachin Pilot as the chief minister. At that time, Gehlot was vying for the Congress president’s post.
In this recent list of 22 candidates, the Congress has announced Abhimanyu Poonia for Sangaria, Shahjad Khan for Soorsagar, Om Narayaniwal for Bhilwara, and Naimuddin Guddu for Ladpura.
As the date for the Rajasthan Assembly Election on November 25 approaches, these candidate selections will play a crucial role in shaping the political landscape. The counting of votes is scheduled to take place on December 3.