Jodhpur, chief minister Ashok Gehlot's home district, the BJP is banking on anti-incumbency and its Hindutva politics by alleging that Gehlot is indulging in minority appeasement.
In 2018 assembly polls, the Congress had won seven seats, the BJP two and Hanuman Beniwal's RLP was victorious on one seat.
This time the Congress has fielded five candidates from other backward classes (OBCs), one Muslim, two Scheduled Castes (SCs) and two from the general category. The BJP has five candidates from the general category in the fray, three OBCs and two SCs.
The Congress has given tickets to two women, while the BJP has fielded one woman.
Amid a strong challenge from the BJP, the Congress is seeking to hold its ground with the help of Gehlot's stature among locals and by fielding OBCs. The party is also banking on its pre-poll guarantees, including free electricity, and its Chiranjeevi health insurance scheme.