BJP Veteran Jaswant Singh's Son Manvendra Singh Against Vasundhara Raje In Rajasthan

BJP Veteran Jaswant Singh

BJP Veteran Jaswant Singh's Son Manvendra Singh Against Vasundhara Raje In Rajasthan 

New Delhi: Manvendra Singh, former BJP leader and the son of BJP veteran Jaswant Singh, has been pitted against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje by the Congress, the party that he joined last month, for the December 7 assembly polls. He is expected to give a tough fight to Ms Raje in Jhalrapatan, a town in Jhalawar district that has thrice voted for her since 2003.

Manvendra Singh and his father -- who has been in coma for four years -- had been upset with the BJP since the party denied the veteran his wish to contest the 2014 national election from Barmer, his home base. Jaswant Singh, seen in tears over his party's "betrayal", contested as an independent and lost to the BJP candidate.

The 54-year-old Rajasthan lawmaker quit the BJP on September 22 with a parting shot, "Kamal Ka Phool, Hamaari Bhool" (lotus was my mistake).

Manvendra Singh's name was released by the Congress this afternoon in its second list of 32 candidates.

Rajasthan will vote in a single phase on December 7. Results will be declared four days later, on December 11.