BJP finalises candidates for Rajasthan Panchayat Samiti polls

Jaipur: BJP Rajasthan’s core committee has decided to contest panchayat Samiti polls in 21 districts on the plank of the three legislations introduced in the agriculture sector by the Union government. The four-phase polling will take place from November 23.

The committee members including three Union ministers — Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Kailash Choudhary, Arjun Ram Meghwal — and national general secretary V Satish concluded its two-day meeting on Friday.

In the last two days, the core committee finalised the tickets for candidates contesting the panchayat samiti and municipal polls in 18 districts out of 21. The core committee will meet for some more hours to finalise the remaining districts on Saturday.

The announcement of these candidates will be done by district party heads. “During the day, the core committee members held a series of meetings with district presidents of poll-bound districts. Candidates with RSS background have been given preference over others and the same formula has been followed which gave us spectacular victory in the recently concluded local body polls in Jaipur, Kota and Jodhpur,” said a BJP leader.

BJP state president Satish Poonia, while attending the meeting via video conferencing from a private hospital in Gurugram, said candidates in the panel will be given the tickets. “Priority is given to candidates who have shown resolve and commitment to work for the welfare of the people,” said Poonia.

During the meeting, Poonia said the farmers’ community is angry on the state government for attempting to block the passage of the three agriculture reforms.

BJP during its statewide campaign in favour of the agriculture reforms reached out to all the gram panchayats hoping that the reforms will help them in winning majority of the panchayat samitis.

Meanwhile, Poonia has accused the Congress of winning the polls by following the policy of appeasement. In a series of tweets, he questioned the manner in which single corporations were divided into two corporations keeping its vote bank in mind.

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