| Updated: Jan 28, 2018, 01:16 IST
Ajmer/Jaipur: Congress took out rallies and held public meetings while CM Raje participated in a roadshow in Mandalgarh on Saturday. The contest in Mandalgarh appears triangular, as a Congress rebel is contesting as an independent candidate from here.
Raje led BJP’s roadshow in Bigod town of Mandalgarh assembly constituency, which falls in Bhilwara. Bigod is a minority-dominated region and Raje was welcomed here. She went to the Bharonath Temple in Malikhera and asked voters to support BJP because of former MLA late Kirti Kumari.
Raje landed at a helipad prepared at a government school in Bigod and from there she led the roadshow through different villages. The region is densely populated with Muslims. Men, women and children came out to welcome the CM.
Raje was in an open jeep with UDH minister Shrichand Kriplani. She reached Malikhera village and met BJP candidate Shakti Singh Hada and offered prayers to the local deity at Bharonath Temple. The last-minute roadshow in minority region boosted BJP and its workers.
Congress leaders too organized a roadshow through different villages in the assembly area and addressed public meetings to seek votes for party candidate Vivek Dhakar. The opposition party believes there is anti-incumbency wave against the ruling BJP so its leaders were campaigning to convert people’s anger into votes.
Independent candidate Gopal Malviya, who is a Congress rebel, seemed to be giving a tough time to Congress candidate in the bypoll. Congress leaders, though, disputed it. “Malviya is actually cutting into the BJP votes, which is a good sign for us,” said Congress state vice-president Mumtaz Masih.


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