- The arrest of alleged IM operatives has become occasion to drum up Pakistanphobia before the elections
- Not Congress nominees but independents like Jaswant Singh, Buta Singh, Subhash Maheria are a worry for BJP
- Other prominent candidates include Congress’s Sachin Pilot, Jitendra Singh; shooter Rajyavardhan Rathore of BJP
- Even Baba Ramdev is having two of his nominees, Swami Sumedhanand and Mahant Chandnath, contest from here.
In the maze of stories that emerged in the wake of the arrests of alleged Indian Mujahideen operatives, a sub-plot in Sikar became an instructive tale in the mega narrative of the Lok Sabha election in Rajasthan. The big picture in the state is the chronicle of an outcome foretold: a reprise of the huge BJP win in the recent assembly elections. The diversions lie elsewhere: in the medieval narratives of wounded Rajput honour, feuding brothers fighting each other in Dausa and a religious guru foisting...