15 Feb 2023

Rajasthan Assembly Election: There Will Be No By-Election On Seat Vacated By Gulabchand Kataria, But Mewar Royal Family Is Eyeing This Seat

Jaipur: Assembly elections are to be held in Rajasthan at the end of the year. Meanwhile, Gulabchand Kataria, the leader of the opposition, who surrounded the government on behalf of the BJP in the assembly, has been made the Governor. He is soon going to resign from the Leader of Opposition and Legislature. 

Kataria is elected from the Udaipur city assembly seat in Rajasthan. Udaipur city seat was earlier a Congress bastion.

Lakshyaraj Singh could be BJP face from Udaipur 

Even before the assembly elections to be held at the end of the year, Lakshyaraj Singh Mewar of the royal family is staking claim from this seat. He could be the BJP face from Mewar. Speculations about Lakshyaraj Singh's entry in politics are rife. 

Lakshyaraj Singh himself has never been seen denying this fact. At the same time, claims are also being made from the Rajput community by Lal Singh Jhala and Fateh Singh. 

However, both BJP and Congress can bet on Brahmin faces as well. Women BJP state president Alka Mundra is a strong contender as Jain, Vaish face from BJP. 

Leaders like former Mayor Rajni Dangi, Deputy Mayor Paras Singhvi, Tarachand Jain, Dr. Jinendra Shastri are also presenting their claims. On the other hand, contenders like Pankaj Sharma, Dinesh Shrimali, Gopal Sharma, Suresh Shrimali are coming forward from the Congress side.

By-elections may not be held on Udaipur city seat

However, it is believed that there will be no by-elections for the Udaipur city seat, which is falling vacant after Kataria's resignation, as there is not much time left for the assembly elections. In such a situation, this seat will remain vacant till the assembly elections to be held at the end of the year. 

Safe seat for BJP

At the same time, this seat will now prove to be very important for both Congress and BJP. Because Kataria has been winning elections here continuously since 2003. Meanwhile, the Congress government came to power twice in Rajasthan, but he won each time. 

Last time he had defeated former Union Minister and Congress stalwart Dr. Girija Vyas. In such a situation, it can be considered a safe seat for the BJP even for the assembly elections to be held at the end of the year.

Political equation will change as soon as Kataria leaves

Udaipur city assembly seat is considered by the Congress as one of the most challenging seats for itself. In fact, since 1980, the Congress has been able to win this seat only twice. 

Only two Congress candidates Dr.Girija Vyas from 1985 to 1990 and then Trilok Purbia from 1998 to 2003 were successful in winning the election here.

Udaipur was once a Congress bastion

In the present era, BJP has a strong hold on Udaipur, but once it used to be a stronghold of Congress. Mohanlal Sukhadia, who held the chief minister's chair for the longest time in Rajasthan, used to get elected from this Udaipur city seat only. 

Overall, the BJP ruled the Udaipur city assembly seat for a longer period than the Congress. BJP won this seat 7 times out of 15 assembly elections held so far. While Congress could win only 5 times. Apart from this, Jansangh, Janata Party and Ram Rajya Parishad also won the election once.

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