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the state government initiated a probe into a ceremony at Jaswant’s Jasol residence, where opium was alleged to have been served.
Should Jaswant ultimately contest as an independent candidate, the fight among sitting Congress MP Harish Choudhary, Sonaram and him is likely to be close. The Barmer seat, which covers Barmer and Jaisalmer, has nearly 40 per cent Rajput and minority votes, the bulk of which could go to Jaswant. The 25 per cent Jat vote could be split between Sonaram and Choudhary.
Sources said Vasundhara could visit Barmer to campaign for Sonaram. The BJP on Friday also declared the candidatures of Manoj Rajoriya for Karauli-Dholpur, Sanwarmal Jat for Ajmer and P P Choudhary for Pali.