In a change of strategy, the BJP on Monday fielded Transport Minister Yoonus Khan against Congress Rajasthan chief Sachin Pilot in the Muslim-dominated Tonk Assembly constituency by replacing sitting MLA Ajit Singh Mehta.
After the Congress fielded Pilot in Tonk, the BJP did brainstorming and replaced Mehta, who figured in the first list issued on November 11.
Khan is a sitting MLA from Deedwana constituency of Nagaur district whose name was kept reserved by the party till the last moment.
The BJP released its fifth list of six candidates on Monday morning in which the party dropped two candidates Mehta and Shankarlal Kharadi who were earlier given tickets from Tonk and Kherwara seat respectively.
The party gave a ticket to Nanala Aahri from Kherwara in place of Shankarlal.
Besides them, the party announced the names of Mukesh Goyel from Kotputali, Mohit Yadav from Behror, O P Saini from Karauli, Rajendra Vinayaka from Kekri and Ramchandra Utta from Khinwsar.
Both Pilot and Khan will file their nomination papers on Monday, the last day of filing nomination papers.
The Congress has fielded Veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh’s son and MLA Manvendra Singh, who had recently joined the Congress against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje from Jhalrapatan in the upcoming assembly elections. The Congress on Saturday released its second list of 32 candidates.
On Sunday, the Congress released the list of its remaining candidates for the Rajasthan Assembly elections declaring 11 new names and replacing three previously-declared nominees.
It has left five seats for its allies.
With this, the Congress and its allies have announced party-wise distribution on 199 seats out of the total 200 in the state.
Rajasthan will go to polls on December 7.
(With PTI inputs)