Jaipur Rural candidate list: Global sportstars wage poll war in semi-rural constituency

BJP's Olympian shooter hit home in Jaipur (Rural) in 2014, riding on the back of a strong Modi wave. But 2019 is another ball game; will Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore hold fort against fellow Olympian discus star and recently elected MLA, INC's Krishna Poonia?

Jaipur (Rural) is a comparatively new parliamentary constituency, brought into existence by the delimitation exercise in 2008. Currently, it has eight legislative assembly segments under it, including Kotpuli, Viratnagar, Shahpura, Phulera, Jhotwera, Amber, Jamwa Ramgarh and Bansur.

In 2014, the dominant Modi wave had brought Rajyavardhan Rathore to power, as he defeated INC candidate Lal Chand Kataria, who had won the seat in 2009. This time, the sitting MP is also minister with independent charge of Information and Broadcasting (I&B) and sports, and is poised for a close fight again.

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The 2014 Lok Sabha elections

In the last elections, Jaipur (rural) had 1,699,462 electors, among which 1,013,691, or 59.65% turned up to vote. Of these, 554,084, or 61.14% were male voters, and 459,607, or 57.94 % were female.

Electors Voters Percentage Male voters Percentage of male voters Female voters Percentage of female voters
1,699,462 1,013,691, 59.65% 554,084, 61.14 % 459,607 57.94 %

Source: Chief Electoral Officer, Rajasthan

Party share of votes in 2014

Candidates Party Votes Vote share %
Rajyavardhan Rathore BJP 6,32,930 62.28%
Dr C.P. Joshi INC 3,00,034 29.52%
Navin Pilania NPEP 31,617 3.11%
NOTA None of the above 11,533 1.13%

Source: ECI

Know Your Candidates

Rajyavardhan Rathore, BJP

The BJP candidate in the 2014 elections, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, made his debut MP win, riding on the Modi wave. He vanquished the incumbent MP at the time, the INC’s Lalchand Kateria, at ease. This time too, Rathore’s track record as sportsman and army Colonel has built up his image.

Pic: Facebook page

  • Age: 49 years
  • Edu: B.A. from Khadakwasla in 1989 through NDA (Jawahar Lal Nehru University)
  • Background: Professional sportsman and ex-serviceman
  • Address: C-26, Vaishali Marg, Vaishali Nagar, Jaipur
  • Tel: 09460996611, 09958000058
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Website
  • Email: rathorebjp@gmail.com
  • Awards: Padma Shri and Ati Vishisht Seva Medal
  • Criminal cases: None

Positions held

  • 3 September 2017 onwards: Minister of State (Independent Charge), Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports; and Union Minister of State, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
  • 9 November 2014 – 3 September 2017: Union Minister of State, Ministry of Information and Broadcasting
  • 1 September 2014 – 9 November 2014: Member, Standing Committee on Defence

Sources: Lok Sabha

Assets and Liabilities

Year Assets Liabilities
2019 Rs 12,78,08,070

(Movable: 9,61,78,060.53

Immovable: 3,16,30,000 )

2014 Rs 8,37,34,044

(Movable: 6,68,29,391.91

Immovable: 1,69,04,650)

Rs 1,17,065

Sources: myneta.info

Record in Parliament

As an MP, Rathore’s attendance was high at 94%, while the state average was only 88%. However, he participated in just one debate, asked only six questions and passed no private bill.

MP in the news

Rajyavardhan Rathore was an ace shooter – a silver medal Olympian and a two-time Commonwealth gold medallist in shooting. He is also a retired colonel. Viewed as a young candidate, he is pulling out all stops to promote his party and his work. He claims that he has started army recruitment camps, along with pre-recruitment training for the youth. He also says that he has provided drinking water to people and has encouraged sports, having built 17 stadia. According to him, his biggest strength is meeting people regularly. Some social media plaudits have appreciated his work as Sports Minister.

Recently, Rajyavardhan Rathore came under attack by ex-servicemen, when he claimed that as an ex-armyman, he “knew” that the UPA government had not conducted six surgical strikes. Calling him an “absolute disgrace”, a veteran slammed him for having lived a “cushy life” and playing regimental sports rather than serving the army.

According to reports, the MPLAD funds recommended by Rathore was Rs 28.28 crore, but the expenditure incurred was 19.38%. The percentage of funds utilised over those released was 108.72%.

However, people on the ground debunk his claims as false, including the ‘facts’ put up in the MPLAD fund chart as well as the propaganda charts. Nothing has been supplied by Rathore, including drinking water, education and electricity facilities, claim Rozda villagers.

Krishna Poonia, INC

INC pitched another sportstar, Krishna Poonia, who is a first-time sitting MLA from Sadulpur. She is also a 2010 Commonwealth gold medal discus thrower. (Watch here). Though she is an underdog, she has the caste factor in her favour in a Jat-dominated constituency.

Pic: Facebook page

  • Age: 41
  • Education: Graduate
  • Profession: Retired, social worker
  • Address: Village Gagadwas, Tehsil Rajgarh, Dist Churu – 331023
  • Tel: 9799049999
  • Email: kpoonia75@yahoo.com
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Awards: Commonwealth gold medal, Padma Shri, Olympics participant
  • Criminal cases: None
Assets and Liabilities
Year Assets Liabilities
2014 Rs 3,59,99,524

(Movable: 1,87,49,524

Immovable: 1,72,50,000)

Rs 44,05,010

Source: MyNetainfo

It has only been a year since Krishna Poonia won the Assembly elections. However, she launched a scathing attack on the sitting MP Rathore in her campaign trail, accusing him of not delivering on the promises he had made to people. She also raised the issue of high accident incidence on the Delhi-Jaipur national highway over the past few years.

Full List of Candidates

There were 16 nominations, out of which 13 were accepted and three were withdrawn. There were no rejections. But finally, only eight are contesting. Out of these, five represent political parties and three are independent candidates.
Candidate Party Symbol
KRISHNA POONIA, 41, Graduate, Retired, Social worker Indian National
COL. RAJYAVARDHAN RATHORE, 49, BA, Professional Sportsman and Ex-Serviceman Bharatiya Janata
VIRENDER SINGH BIDHURI, 50, Literate, Business Bahujan Samaj Party Elephant
RAJENDRA KUMAR, 43, B.Ed, Private Job and Social Worker Ambedkarite Party
of India
RAM NIWAS NENAWAT MEGHAWAL, 48, Literate, Wages Bharat Rakshak
Party (Democratic)
BANWARI LAL MEENA, 34, B.A., Bank Recovery Agency Independent Tractor
RAMSINGH KASANA, 41, 10th Pass, Transport Business Independent Sewing
VINOD SHARMA, 53, MCom and LLB, Advocate Independent Key

A comparison chart shows that of the eight candidates, the highest declared assets of Rs 12 crore belongs to Rajyavardhan Rathore, while the lowest assets declared are Rs 7 lakh. There is only one woman from the INC in the list. In terms of age, candidates fall in the middle-aged category, with the youngest being 34, while the oldest is 53.

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