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Diya Kumari Is 1 Of 2 Rajasthan Deputies

Diya Kumari joined the BJP in 2013. Jaipur: Springing its third surprise for the chief minister’s post in the

Diya Kumari Is 1 Of 2 Rajasthan Deputies


Diya Kumari joined the BJP in 2013.

Jaipur:

Springing its third surprise for the chief minister’s post in the Hindi heartland states that it won in the recent elections, the BJP named first-time MLA Bhajanlal Sharma for the top job in Rajasthan. The party also said that Diya Kumari, one of the frontrunners for the chief minister’s post, and scheduled caste leader Prem Chand Bairwa will be the deputy chief ministers in the state. 

Diya Kumari is a member of the erstwhile Jaipur royal family and an MP from Rajsamand, who was asked to contest the Assembly polls from the Vidhyadhar Nagar constituency. She defeated Sitaram Agarwal of the Congress by over 71,000 votes. 

The granddaughter of Man Singh II, the last ruling maharaja of the princely state of Jaipur, Diya Kumari’s appeal for votes was made as a “daughter of Jaipur” and the “princess who walks on the streets”. The blend of regal heritage and a ‘relatable, down-to-earth persona’ has made her a popular figure among the people of Rajasthan.

Since joining the BJP in 2013, Diya Kumari has won the three elections she contested. She became an elected Member of the Legislative Assembly of Rajasthan from the Sawai Madhopur constituency in 2013. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, she was elected as an MP from Rajsamand with one of the biggest victory margins of 5.51 lakh votes. She has now won the 2023 Assembly polls from Vidhyadhar Nagar.

During her campaign for the Assembly polls, the 52-year-old made a pitch for the environment, education, healthcare, and women’s empowerment. In 2019, she was elected to serve as a member of the government’s National Tiger Conservation Authority.



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