Manvendra Singh, the son of veteran BJP leader and former union minister, Jaswant Singh, will contest against Rajasthan’s incumbent chief minister, Vasundhara Raje in the next month’s assembly polls.
Singh, who was a BJP MLA, had joined the Congress last month after meeting Congress President Rahul Gandhi. His joining the Congress assumed significance as the party felt that he will bring the crucial Rajput votes away from the BJP in the coming elections.
Manvendra Singh’s name was included in the second list of 32 candidates, released by the Congress on Saturday. Both Raje and Singh will lock horns in Jhalrapatan assembly constituency.
Singh’s father, Jaswant Singh, has been in coma for four years. He held finance and external affairs ministries in the BJP government led by Atal Bihari Vajpayee between 1999 and 2004.
While leaving the BJP, Singh had said kamal ka phoot, hamari bhool (Being part of lotus, BJP’s election symbol was our mistake). He told ANI on Saturday, “I’m honoured that Rahul Gandhi Ji and Congress CEC thought it useful for me to contest and I’m touched by responsibility shown towards me. I accept the responsibility and will run a fair campaign.”
Rajasthan goes to polls on 7 December next month, while the results will be announced on 11 December.