Shanti Dhariwal of the Congress is pitted against Prahlad Gunjal of the BJP.
As Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot and his predecessor Vasundhara Raje vie for another stint at the helm in Rajasthan, their close confidants are battling it out in the Kota North assembly constituency.
The fight in the constituency, where Shanti Dhariwal of the Congress is pitted against Prahlad Gunjal of the BJP, also represents the broader political narrative in the state - the welfare agenda of the Congress versus the Hindutva and anti-graft plank of the BJP.
Mr Dhariwal, the Minister of Local Self Government, Urban Development & Housing Department in the Ashok Gehlot government, got the Congress ticket after much internal debate as he was among the three people who were issued show-cause notices by the party after they did not attend a meeting of the Congress Legislature Party in September last year and held a parallel meeting of MLAs at his residence instead. A leadership change was on the cards at the legislature party meet.