It has been an exciting match between two sportspersons, who this time fought in a political arena. The fight for Jaipur Rural was contested between BJP's Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore who is the sitting MP and Congress' Krishna Poonia - both of whom are Olympians.
Poonia has been an international gold-medalist in Discus Throwing, while Col Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore is a retired Indian Army officer and has won an Olympics Silver medal in Shooting.
Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore wins with 811626 votes against Congress' Krishna Poonia.
In 2009, the Congress' Lal Chand Kataria had won in the seat. In 2014, however, Col Rathore won by a margin of 3,32,896 votes against Congress candidate Dr CP Joshi.
Battle-hardened Poonia is not new to politics. She represents Churu district’s Sadulpur assembly seat. The Jaipur Rural seat was formed in 2008 owing to the implementation of delimitation of Parliamentary constituencies.
The constituency has a 19.33 lakh-strong electorate, 9.12 lakh of whom are women. Of the eight assembly segments in the Lok Sabha constituency, the ruling Congress has 5 seats, two are with the BJP and one is with an Independent MLA.
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The Minister of State for Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in 2019 made headlines after kicking off the Khelo India Games 2019 in Pune in Maharashtra. He spoke about several aspects of the event including the success of the games so far and the prize money, as well why sports should be made part of one's daily life.
"I thank PM Narendra Modi due to whose vision we are doing the second edition of Khelo India. The first edition had 3,500 participants and this time we have 10,000 participants," he had said.
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The Union Minister has been vocal about his stance against corruption. Speaking on the 'Nation Wants to Know' with Republic TV's editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami, months ahead of the much-awaited Lok Sabha polls, the former MoS Ministry of Information & Broadcasting set records straight on the matter of corruption, and how false allegations have been thrown at the BJP.
"The opposition cannot digest the fact that how can these 5 years run without a scam. And therefore, they can't digest that we are much cleaner than them. Repeatedly speaking a particular sentence cannot manufacture a lie," he said.