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Four serving civil servants keen on contesting Barmer LS seat

By IndianMandarins- 26 Mar 2019


Four civil servants are keen on contesting from Rajasthan’s Barmer Lok Sabha seat after the previous BJP MP Colonel Sona Ram vacated it last year to participate in the state assembly election.


IAS officer Lalit K Panwar, Mahendra Singh Choudhary, inspector general of police at Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID), Indian Police Service (IPS) officer SR Jangid and chief engineer at Indian railways NR Choudhary are all seeking a BJP ticket for the Barmer LS seat.


A 1979-batch IAS official, Lalit K Panwar is vice-chancellor at Rajasthan Skill University. He is a former chairman of the Rajasthan Public Service Commission and a former secretary of the ministry of tourism and minority affairs at the Centre. Panwar is a native of Jasol town in Barmer. The Vasundhara Raje administration had appointed him a special officer in Barmer during the 2006 floods that killed 104 people.


Caste equations are said to favor Panwar in the Barmer seat. He belongs to the SC community, which constitutes 25-30% (including ST) of the voters. He is seen enjoying a good rapport with other communities, including other backward castes (OBCS).


Mahendra Singh Choudhary, inspector general of police at Crime Branch-Criminal Investigation Department (CB-CID), who is also vying for the Barmer seat, also - Panwar - hails from Barmer. Choudhary’s name was in the fray for the assembly elections last year. He belongs to the Jat community that has 25% of the constituency votes.


Sangaram Jangid, another native of Barmer, is director general of police (DGP) and chief vigilance officer at Metropolitan Transport Corporation in Chennai. Jangid has been active in Barmer, taking part in social programs. His supporters are running a social media campaign for his candidature from the Barmer seat. Jangid has met community leaders of Barmer to explore his possibilities.


NR Choudhary is another name in the fray from the Jat community. A senior official in Indian Railways, Choudhary belongs to Barmer. He sought a BJP ticket for the 2014 general elections as well as the 2018 state assembly elections but did not get one. Choudhary is now seeking a ticket for this election.

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