Hadoti area is considered a strong stronghold of BJP.
While the Bharatiya Janata Party is trying its best to snatch power from the Congress in Rajasthan, the Congress is making every possible effort to retain its power. Among the 5 politically divided areas, Hadoti is the area which is called the laboratory of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and is also considered a strong fort of Bharatiya Janata Party. This is the workplace of Vasundhara Raje Scindia and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla also contests elections from this area. Along with this, Shanti Kumar Dhariwal, who is very close to Ashok Gehlot and considered number two in the government, also contests elections from here. Now the focus is on whether Ashok Gehlot’s magic works in this important area or not.
BJP has been winning the strong political fort of Hadoti for the last 10 years i.e. 2 elections. The special thing is that even after losing power in 2018, BJP’s hold on Hadoti area remained intact. There are a total of 17 assembly seats in Hadoti division. There are a total of 4 districts in this division which include Kota (6 seats), Bundi (3 seats), Baran (4 seats) and Jhalawar (4 seats). This time too, it is expected to be a tough contest between BJP and Congress.
What do the results of the last 3 elections say?
If we look at Hadoti area on the basis of last 3 election results, this area has been the stronghold of BJP. Even when BJP lost the elections in Rajasthan in 2018, it still won in Hadoti. Out of 17 seats here, BJP had won 10 seats while Congress had won 7 seats. If we look at the results on the basis of districts falling in the region, BJP won 2 out of 3 seats in Bundi district and one seat went to Congress.
Similarly, in Jhalawar district, which is known because of Vasundhara Raje Scindia, BJP had captured all the 4 seats here. Congress could not even open an account. At the same time, BJP had suffered a big setback in Bandra district because out of 4 seats here, Congress won 3 seats while BJP had to be content with only one seat. Kota district, which is in the headlines across the country due to its education and coaching, also holds an important position in the politics of the state. This is the parliamentary constituency of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. There was an equal contest between BJP and Congress on 6 assembly seats here. BJP won 3 seats and Congress also won 3 seats. In this way, 10 out of 17 seats went in favor of BJP.
If we look at the 2013 elections, then BJP had won the Rajasthan elections. Even at that time, BJP had unilateral control over Hadoti area. BJP won here so much that it captured 16 out of 17 seats. BJP won all the 6 seats of Kota. Here the only victory of Congress was on Hindoli seat of Bundi district. However, BJP’s performance in the 2008 assembly elections was not good. BJP had to be satisfied with 7 seats while Congress returned to power by winning 10 seats.
Which are the hot seats of Hadoti?
Many seats in Hadoti area are also high profile. The most important seat is that of former Chief Minister and National Vice President of BJP Vasundhara Raje Scindia. Vasundhara Raje is contesting elections again from her traditional seat Jhalrapatan. This seat falls in Jhalawar district. Congress has fielded Ram Lal Chauhan against him. Vasundhara is continuously winning elections from here. This seat has been in his possession since 1998. Since then till now he has won every election.
After this, the second most popular seat of the region is Kota North seat of Kota district. Two veteran leaders are face to face on this seat. From here, Prahlad Gunjal, very close to Vasundhara is in the fray from BJP’s side while Congress has fielded Minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal. Dhariwal is considered very close to Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot. Last year, he had angered the party high command for Gehlot. This was the reason why there was suspense over his contesting the elections, however, after much effort by the Chief Minister, he got the ticket and is contesting the elections again. It is said that Dhariwal has done a lot of work in Kota and in the name of many big works done there including river front, city park, Congress is trying to make a big dent here.
Apart from Dhariwal, Ashok Gehlot also made Pramod Jain Bhaya, who won the election from Banda, and Bandi MLA Ashok Chandana as ministers. In which Dhariwal and Bhaya were cabinet ministers and Chandana was made minister of state. This time also these people are in the electoral fray. Pramod Jain Bhaya is once again contesting elections from Anta assembly seat of Baran.
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Similarly, Ashok Chandana is contesting from Hindauli seat of Bundi district. BJP has fielded former minister Prabhu Lal Saini against him. In the last 5 elections, BJP has won once and Congress has won 4 times on Hindauli seat. BJP, which won the elections in 2013, was defeated here. Whereas in 2008, Prabhu Lal Saini had won the election on BJP ticket.
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Now less than a week is left for voting. In such a situation, Congress has tried to perform well in the weak seats of Jhalawar, Jhalrapatan, Manoharthana, Khanpur as well as Chhabra seat of Baran district and Kota South and Ramganjmandi seats of Kota. At the same time, there will be pressure for BJP to improve its performance in Hindauli seat of Bundi district, Kota North seat of Kota and Kishanganj and Anta seats of Baran district.
Now it has to be seen whether Congress succeeds in making a dent in Hadoti area, which is considered to be a strong bastion of BJP or whether BJP is able to maintain the winning streak that has been going on for the last 10 years.