Meghwal is Udaipur Zila PramukhUdaipur : After assembly and municipal polls, BJP has once again ascertained its stronghold in South Rajasthan through the panchayat elections. BJP candidates have successfully made it to five of the six Zila Pramukh seats in Udaipur, Rajsamand, Pratapgarh, Chittorgarh and Dungerpur in the division. However, at Banswara, with 21 of the 31 seats in hand, Congress candidate Resham Malwiya, wife of former minister Mahendrajeet Malviya, was elected as the new Zila Pramukh. In Udaipur, victory was evident for BJP candidate Shantilal Meghwal who defeated opponent Babulal Khateek to win the coveted post. BJP has 27 of the 43 seats here. Initially, Usha Tanwar who defeated Lalsingh Jhala, the rural president of DCC by a wide margin, had been projected as the prospective candidate, however, with a surprising turn of events, Shantilal Meghwal filed his nomination on Saturday. This disappointed Tanwar’s family members to an extent that her father Mangilal was seen arguing with party men at the collectorate premises. Later he was led out by some of the supporters who pacified him.
In Pratapgarh district, Cabinet minister Nandlal Meena’s daughter-in-law Sarika defeated Gulab Meena of the congress and was sworn in as the new Pramukh. Sarika’s candidature itself had come into controversy when opponents from within the BJP had criticized the party’s double standards for giving ticket to her despite of the agreed guideline on not to grant tickets to kith and kin of legislators and parliamentarians. At Rajsamand, Parvesh Kumar from the saffron party was unanimously elected as Zila Pramukh. Here, BJP had bagged all the 25 seats of the parishad. Though cabinet minister Kiran Maheshwari was in favour of Shyam Sanvaria, however, Pravesh Kumar emerged as the final choice backed by MP Hariom Singh and four legislators.
In Dungerpur, Congress and BJP had bagged 13 and 14 seats respectively, however, BJP candidate Madhavlal Verhat was declared elected after beating his opponent Bhagwatilal. At Chittorgarh, with 16 of the 25 seats in hand, victory came easy for the BJP candidate Leela Jat who defeated Jamna jat from the rival party.