Rajasthan polls: Congress gives tickets to 15 Muslim candidates, BJP stands with only one
The Congress has given tickets to 15 Muslim candidates, while the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) fielded only one candidate for the Rajasthan Assembly election.
The number of Muslim candidates from the Congress was similar to the last Assembly election, but all of them had faced defeat. Whereas the BJP had given tickets to four Muslim candidates in 2013, two of them had won.
Khan, a sitting MLA from Deedwana constituency, was kept reserved by the party until the last moment. After the Congress fielded Pilot from the Muslim-dominated constituency, the BJP replaced sitting MLA Ajit Singh Mehta, who figured in an earlier list and announced Khan's candidature on Monday.
The Congress, meanwhile, has reposed trust on eight Muslim candidates, who lost in the last Assembly election. It has fielded three women, among which Safia and Gulnaz are the wives of two Muslim candidates who contested the 2013 election.
(With inputs from agencies.)
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