It’s happening in Solapur, Maharashtra, where the BJP is fielding Lingayat seer Jai Siddheshwar Swami. When the 63-year-old head of the Gaudgaon mutt goes out to seek votes, he’s lavished with monetary offerings. The seer isn’t sure if accepting them is a violation of the model code of conduct. It’s hard enough for him without this worry, given his illustrious rivals: Congress veteran Sushilkumar Shinde and B. R. Ambedkar’s grandson Prakash.
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Rajasthan: The contest in Jaipur (rural) is heating up with the Congress fielding Krishna Poonia, 42, the Commonwealth Games discus throw gold medallist, who will take on the BJP’s Rajyavardhan Rathore, 49, Union minister of state and Olympic silver medallist in shooting. Rathore is fighting to retain his seat. Poonia struck the first blow when she declared, “I have not won a medal contesting in air-conditioned rooms.” Rathore, in turn, released a video that shows him shooting under the open sky at the Jaipur shooting range. “And I faced bullets in Kargil, which was not fought standing under an umbrella,” he said.
It can’t be easy contesting against Marathi mulgi Urmila Matondkar, who is the Congress candidate from Mumbai North. Which is why BJP candidate Gopal Shetty thought he’d reach his 500,000 Marathi constituents by distributing letters in their native tongue outlining the work he has done. Except that the letters he eventually distributed were drafted in Hindi.