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17/11/2018 4:55 PM IST | Updated 17/11/2018 4:56 PM IST

Rajasthan Election: Congress's Manvendra Singh To Take On CM Vasundhara Raje

Manvendra Singh, a former BJP MLA from Sheo, quit the saffron party in September to join the Congress ahead of the assembly election.

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A file photo of Manvendra Singh.

The Congress party on Saturday released its second list of 32 candidates for Rajasthan assembly election. The party is fielding former BJP leader Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh against Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje from the Jhalrapatan constituency in Jhalawar.

The second list was released by the Congress general secretary and in-charge of Rajasthan Mukul Wasnik.

Manvendra, a former BJP MLA from Sheo, had quit the saffron party in September to join the Congress ahead of the assembly election.

He later told ANI that he accepts the responsibility that the Congress party has given him and he will run a fair campaign.

According to News18, Manvendra had accused the BJP of not treating his father well. Jaswant has been in a coma for the last few years, the report added.

However, Congress might face a difficult time to galvanise local party leaders to work for Manvendra. Hindustan Times reported that Jhalrapatan district Congress president Kailash Meena expressed disappointment about the decision to field Singh.

While he said that a local leader would have been better, Meena added that the Congress high command might have taken the decision after looking at all aspects.

Meanwhile, Raje also filed her nomination today. The chief minister, according to NDTV, said that the Congress couldn't find anybody in Jhalwar and they didn't know where to place him. "So they sent him here, but they forgot that it isn't a battle of individuals," she added.

With PTI inputs