Sikar was said to be the safest seat for the Congress in Rajasthan. The grand old party’s candidate in the constituency was Subhash Maharia, a popular Jat figure who was earlier a a minister in the Vajpayee government. Besides his influence among Jats in the constituency, Maharia also had considerable appeal among other sections of the electorate.
In the 2014 Modi wave, he had lost to BJP’s Sumedhanand Saraswati, a saffron-clad monk who appeared to have lost his touch over the period of five years, apparently due to alleged inefficiency. This coupled with the robust alternative presented by Maharia made Sikar a safe bet for the Congress. But his opponent came up with an ingenious question for the electorate in his recent election campaign, “You might be angry with me, but I’m sure you hold nothing against Modiji.”