JAIPUR: Congress released its sixth list of 23 candidates late Saturday for the Rajasthan polls, dropping controversial minister Mahesh Joshi. With this, the party has declared nominees for 179 of the 200 seats in the state.
Joshi was seeking a ticket from Jaipur’s Hawa Mahal seat. He has been replaced by Congress city chief R R Tiwari. Tiwari, though, had filed his papers earlier in the day, even before the official list was issued.
BJP has fielded a preacher, Balmukund Acharya, from this seat.
In the city’s Vidyadhar Nagar seat, Congress treasurer Sitaram Agarwal has been named the candidate. He, too, had filed his papers before the list was released. Agarwal had lost to BJP’s Narpat Singh Rajvi here in 2018. This time, BJP has nominated Diya Kumari, member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family.
Like in 2018, Congress has left the Bharatpur seat for ally Rashtriya Lok Dal.
Uncertainty hangs over Jhotwara, with sitting MLA and minister Lalchand Kataria loath to contest this time.

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