Special Correspondent

Nomination papers of JD (U) candidate rejected

Kotputli is one of the four seats allocated to JD (U)

The lucky Congress candidate is Rajendra Yadav

JAIPUR: The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has been left without an official candidate in one of the constituencies in Rajasthan after the rejection of all the nomination papers filed by the Janata Dal (United) candidate for the Kotputli seat during scrutiny held on Tuesday. Kotputli is one of the four seats allocated to the Janata Dal (U) by the Bharatiya Janata Party for the forthcoming elections in the State.

The rejection of both the nomination papers filed by Janata Dal (U) nominee Ramniwas Yadav in Jaipur district’s Kotputli constituency has rendered the ruling BJP without a candidate there. Kotputli, a town on the Jaipur-Delhi stretch of the National Highway, witnessed tension after the rejection of the nomination as the supporters of the candidate went on the rampage.

The reason for the rejection was stated to be the absence of the mandatory signatures of ten proposers in the nomination paper as it is required in the case of the Janata Dal (U)--a party not recognised in Rajasthan. The nominations of as many as eight candidates were rejected in Kotputli this time. The lucky Congress candidate from the seat is Rajendra Yadav.

In a similar situation, nominations of 14 candidates—including those of the Congress and the BJP -- were reportedly found incomplete in the initial scrutiny in Chittorgarh district’s Kapasan. Later the Returning Officer cleared ten nominations though the candidate of the CPI, whose papers were found in order, challenged this.

While out of the 17 candidates who filed nominations, those from seven were rejected outright and nominations from only three aspirants—that of the CPI, the Lok Janshakti Party and an Independent—were found to be in order. The BJP nominee for the seat is Anju Parmar and the Congress candidate, Shankarlal Bairwa.

As Returning Officer Mukesh Meena finally accepted ten nominations, including the “incomplete” ones, the CPI candidate Mohan Lal Bhambi took up the issue with the Chittorgarh Collector. However, Mr. Meena rejected his arguments again on Wednesday. “Mr. Meena did not accept the arguments of our candidate though the nomination papers were not accompanied by the mandatory affidavit attested by a notary,” said CPI State secretary Dushyant Ojha.