As the critical election day in Rajasthan approaches, one of the biggest talking points in the weeks before it has been ticket distribution, or in this case, non-distribution.
Politicians are understandably loathed to be denied election tickets but often have no choice but to accept it in the larger interest of their party. This time, however, that hasn't always been the case.
Both Congress and BJP have had to make difficult decisions, with the latter party even choosing to not allow sitting ministers in the CM Vasundhara Raje cabinet to contest under its banner depending on how it thought they would fare. This resulted in significant cases of rebellion, with a number of the leaders in question deciding to file their nominations anyway, independently and against their party.
In the Bhilwara constituency this time around, an independent candidate, Om Naraniwal, who was denied a ticket by the Congress may well be the frontrunner to take on the incumbent BJP. What do the to-be voters make of his chances? Will independent candidates be able to overcome their lack of big-name backing and possibly leverage other advantages? Could they win enough seats out of the 200 in Rajasthan to make a difference to the eventual outcome?
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