Vaibhav Gehlot, who is Congress’ Jodhpur candidate, is making his political debut in the 2019 polls and faces an uphill battle against the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) candidate Gajendra Singh Shekhawat.
The legacy of his father, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, does not apply to him, Vaibhav Gehlot said.
“My father’s legacy does not apply to me because, after working for 15 years in the party, I have now got an opportunity to get a ticket to contest the Jodhpur Lok Sabha constituency,” Vaibhav Gehlot told PTI.
The 39-year-old claimed he has been “an active worker” in the Congress for 15 years in Rajasthan and worked with “full dedication” through the Youth Congress since 2003.
Jodhpur, considered Ashok Gehlot’s home turf, has become a battle of prestige in this election with the three-time chief minister’s son being fielded against a Union minister.
Shekhawat, the Union minister of state for agriculture, defeated Congress’ Chandresh Kumari by over four lakh votes in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
According to Shekhawat, Vaibhav Gehlot has no identity among the people of Jodhpur and is standing on his father’s shoulders.
(With PTI inputs)