Jaipur, Dec 4 : Rajasthan Assembly elections on Friday next will provide an opportunity to members of GenNext--in some cases successors from the third generation-- of prominent political leaders, to secure their maiden entry to the state legislature.
Both the ruling BJP and the principal opposition Congress have fielded scions/relatives of many such families in the battle of ballots for the 15th House of the Assembly. Some others have even entered the fray as Independents and/or rebels.
While the saffron party has given nominations to new faces from the families of more than half-a-dozen prominent leaders, the number of such tickets in the rival Congress is even higher.
The ruling party has fielded for the first time Poonam Kanwar, the daughter-in-law of former Minister and a long time legislator Devi Singh Bhati from Kolayat in Bikaner district, the seat held by Mr Bhati in many terms.
The party has substituted Minister of State Jaswant Yadav, who lost bypoll from Alwar parliamentary constituency some months back, by his son Mohit for contesting his maiden election from Behror in that district.
Likewise, sons of former Ministers late Jagat Singh Dayma( Sandip Dayma), late Harlal Singh Kharra (Jhabbar Singh), late Dr Digambar Singh(Dr Shailesh), have been fielded from Tizara(Alwar), Srimadhopur-Sikar and Deeg-Kumher constituency of Bharatpur district respectively.
Mr Kharra and Dr Shailesh will take on Congress heavyweights former Speaker Deependra Singh and scion of erstwhile Bharatpur royal family, Vishvendra Singh respectively.
Former Union Minister late Sanwar Lal Jat's son Ram Swaroop Lambs, is contesting Nasirabad seat of Ajmer district. Though this is his first attempt for the state legislature, he was fielded by the party to contest bypolls for the Ajmer Lok Sabha seat necessitated due to death of his father earlier this year, but he could not win.
The ruling party has also given opportunity to another fresher, Vikram Bansiwal, the grand son of late Sohan Lal Bansiwal, a prominent political figure of Dausa. The junior Bansiwal is contesting Sikrai(SC) seat in Dausa district for BJP. His uncle former MLA Nand Lal Bansiwal is contesting Dausa seat as a BJP rebel.
In Rajakhera-Dholpur, senior Congress leader and former Minister Banwari Lal Sharma's son Ashok has joined the saffron party and the latter nominated him for contesting his first election against another Congress heavy weight and former Finance Minister Pradhyuman Singh's debutant son Rohit Vohra.
Besides these first timers, the ruling party also re-fielded former Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's son-in-law former Minister Narpat Singh Rajvi from Vidhyadhar Nagar in the state capital, late Shekhawat's nephew Pratap Singh Khachariyawas is seeking his second term to the assembly from Civil Lines here as a Congress nominee.
Long-time legislator and former royal of Deeg late Raja Mansingh's daughter and a senior member of Raje cabinet Krizhnendra Kaur Deepa is also in fray to retain her Nadbai seat in Bharatpur district. Sitting Rajya Sabha member Dr Kirodi Lal Meena's wife former Minister Ms Golma is contesting Sapotra reserved seat for a second term and his nephew Rajendra trying luck from Mahuwa.
The opposition Congress has given opportunity to grand-children of two of its stalwarts of yesteryears late Paras Ram Maderna and late Ram Singh Bishnoi, to carry forward their political legacy. While Divya Maderna, the daughter of Maderna's Ex-Minister son Mahipal, is contesting Osian seat in Jodhpur district, Mahendra Bishnoi son of ex MLA Malkhan Singh is trying his luck from the family bastion in Luni.
Former Union Ministers Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh is battling against Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in Jhalrapatan and two ex-Central Ministers Shish Ram Ola's son Brijendra (Jhunjhunu) and Abrar Ahmad's son Danish are contesting from Sawai Madhopur.
Former Ministers, Hira Lal Indora's son Kuldip (Anoopgarh-SC), Jai Narain Bairwa's son Riteish (Dudu-SC), Ram Narain Chaudhary's daughter Rita (Mandawa), Gulab Singh Shaktawat's son Gajendra (Vallabh Nagar), Dr Hari Singh's son Vidhyadhar (Phulera), Bhimsen Chaudhary's son Virender Beniwal (Lunkaransar) and Laxman Singh Rawat's son Sudarshan (Bhim) are also in the fray.
Senior party leader and former Congress state president Narain Singh's son Virender (Danta Ramgarh), party leader Richpal Mirdha's son Vijaypal (Degana) and ex-MLA Mohan Modi's son Suresh (Neem Ka Thana) are attempting the first entry to the Assembly.
Former Zila Pramukh of Jaipur late Sahdev Sharma's son Prashant(Amer), Meo leader Tayyab Hussain's daughter Zahida (Kaman) and party leader late Salim Kagdi's son Amin (Kishanpole-Jaipur) are also trying to win their respective seats for the grand old party.
Former Finance Minister Chandan Mal Baid's son ex-MLA Dr C S Baid is contesting his Taranagar-Churu seat as Independent after denial for a Congress ticket.
Former BJP Rajya Sabha MP Gyan Prakash Pilania's son sitting MLA Navin is re-contesting from Amer, this time on a BSP ticket.(UNI)