Wants a top Muslim bureaucrat to contest from Kaman seat in Bharatpur, populated with Meo Muslim electors

Jaipur : Fearing a fierce battle in the coming Vidhan Sabha election where both the ruling Congress and the BJP would focus on numbers, the Congress is trying to woo former bureaucrats and police officials to contest the Assembly poll.

The Congress is keen to field former top bureaucrat Salahuddin Ahmed, who served as Chief Secretary to the government, to contest the Kaman seat in Bharatpur district. Ahmed was urged to contest the Kaman seat, held by a Meo Muslim who won the seat as Congress candidate. Kaman has a large number of Meo Muslim electors and the people of the area are very unhappy with the ruling party following the Gopalgarh firing incident in which six Meo Muslims were killed.
Ahmed was made chairman of the State Heritage Conservation Board barely a month ago just before the elections were declared.
The Congress feels that Ahmed, who once served as the District Magistrate of Bharatpur district and became very popular with the Meo Muslims, can do the turnaround.
A senior intelligence official in the Intelligence Bureau K Ram, an Indian Police Service Service officer from North-East and currently posted in Delhi ,but who hails from Nagaur district in the state, is keen to contest from Nagaur constituency.
An IAS officer Lal Chand Aswal has expressed a desire to contest the Bagru (SC) seat in Jaipur, held by a Congress woman. A retired IAS officer J P Chandelia has been sounded to contest a reserved seat for SC in Jhunjhunu district and another retired IAS officer C D Deol is likely to be fielded from a constituency in Pali district that he once won.
Two retired officers of the state administrative service have also been approached to contest by the Congress.

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