BJP is ready to take all risks this time to come to power in Rajasthan. The party denied the tickets to 43 existing MLAs, including four ministers, while some of the leaders who joined the party from other opposition parties got the tickets for the upcoming Assembly elections.
So far BJP has disclosed two lists which consist of the names of 162 candidates for the Assembly polls which are scheduled on 7 December for 200 assembly constituencies. The party will possibly declare the name of some more candidates soon. On November 11, the ruling party disclosed its first list which constituted the name of 131 candidates, while the next list was released on 14 of this month.
As per the data of the elections held in 2013, the BJP won by 163 seats, while the opposition party Congress could manage to get just 21. These two parties have ruled the state one after another conventionally.
According to the data presented in the second list, it is clear that the party has refused tickets to 14 existing MLAs and three ministers. Total numbers of 92 present MLAs have been fielded again in the election including both the lists. The ruling party has also given the tickets to 19 women candidates so far. The tickets will also be given to four other leaders who have joined BJP from some other parties.
The list of Four leaders who got the tickets are Abhinesh Mehrishi, who would fight the election from Ratangarh seat after he left BSP, Congress leaders Ashok Sharma, Mahesh Pratap Singh (for Rajakheda and Nathdwara seats, respectively) and two-time independent legislator Gurdeep Shahpini (Sangaria seat). Refused candidates include Gyandeo Ahuja, who is a present MLA from Ramgarh seat of Alwar.
Some of the BJP ministers who have been refused by the party for tickets regarding the continuation of their existing seats include Babulal Verma, Dhan Singh Rawat, Rajkumar Rinwa and Surendra Goyal. After the party refused to give the ticket to Goyal, he resigned from the party and said he will fight the election independently.