If the Congress manages to win the by-polls to two Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan, it should consider mailing a thank you note to Sanjay Leela Bhansali. In the probable upshot of a Congress victory in Ajmer and Alwar, Bhansali’s film Padmaavat would have taken on an important part.
One speaker told the audience how the BJP has been embarrassing Rajputs. Foremost, they “disgraced” former Union minister Jaswant Singh in 2014 parliamentary polls by giving a ticket to Sonaram Chaudhary, a Jat. Second, was history-sheeter and Rajput member Chatur Singh Sodha’s encounter in 2016. Third was another Rajput Anandpal’s encounter in 2017. And fourth has been BJP’s handling of Padmaavat, he said.
A party leader said: “In Ajmer Lok Sabha, there are approximately 2.5 lakh Rajputs, 1.5 lakh Brahmins, 2.75 lakh Muslims and about 2.15 lakh Gujjars, and the last two have been unhappy with BJP too.” gauges have been unhappy as they have unsuccessfully pushed for reservation.
But there is nearly 2.5 lakh Jat votes, which may sway towards the BJP. Rajputs and Jats are caste rivals. The BJP has fielded Ramswarup Lamba, a Jat and son of Sanwar Lal Jat, whose death necessitated the bypoll.
Subsequently, UP Congress chief Raj Babbar and party leader Nagma, both actors, and Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot joined Sharma in his rally.
Bypolls are due in the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha seats and the Mandalgarh Assembly seat on January 29. The outcomes will be known on February 1.
The BJP cavalcade, on the other hand, was welcomed by hoardings, put up by Arya Samaj, Nath Samaj, Kayasth Samaj, Valmiki, Regar Samaj, Sindhi Samaj, Jingar Samaj, Swarnkar Samaj among others.
The last period of the cavalcade was Bajrang Garh crossroad, where CM Vasundhara Raje quipped, “Hum log actor Vactor nahi hain, hum to see karne wale log hain (we are not actors, we are the ones who attend to the masses).” About Lamba, she said: “Acha Bhola Insaan aapko Mila hai (you have got a good, innocent soul as your prospect).” She seemed to ask Lamba to speak, but he rocked his head. She continued, “When I contested for the first time, I couldn’t speak two words either. And now, I stop only if the mike is taken away from me).”