Battle Royale | Rajasthan

In Rajasthan, no election can be complete without the participation of the erstwhile royal families. The Jaipur royals last entered the poll fray in 1989, though Maharaja Bhawani Singh lost to Girdhari Lal Bhargava.

Now Singh’s daughter Diya Kumari is contesting from Rajsamand in Mewar, where her ancestor Man Singh led Akbar’s army against Maharana Pratap in the battle of Haldighati-convenient bit of history for her political rivals.

Diya, who did not contest from her Sawai Madhopur assembly segment, was keen to run from Jaipur, but with Rajyavardhan Rathore, another Rajput, being fielded by the BJP from Jaipur Rural, she had to move out to balance the caste equation.


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