The candidates of Congress, BJP and its ally Rashtriya Loktantrik Party filed their nomination papers on Monday for the upcoming by-elections to Khinvsar and Mandawa Assembly seats in Rajasthan, setting the stage for a keen contest between the State’s ruling party and the alliance which had won the Nagaur seat in this year’s Lok Sabha election.The Congress had lost both the Jat-dominated Assembly constituencies in the 2018 election and the seats became vacant after the sitting MLAs were elected to the Lok Sabha. Mandawa MLA Narendra Khichar won as the BJP MP from Jhunjhunu, while RLP MLA from Khinvsar, Hanuman Beniwal, supported by BJP, won from Nagaur.Mr. Beniwal’s younger brother Narayan Beniwal filed his papers as the RLP candidate from Khinvsar in the presence of senior BJP leaders. ,The Congress, which has strengthened its position in the State Assembly after the recent merger of six Bahujan Samaj Party MLAs, has given ticket from Khinvsar to former Minister Harendra Mirdha.Surprise candidateThe BJP sprung a surprise by fielding former Congress leader Sushila Sigra from Mandawa as its candidate a few hours after inducting her into the party. Ms. Sigra, a Pradhan in Jhunjhunu panchayat Samiti, was expelled from Congress after the 2018 Assemble election over her anti-party activities. She also filed her nomination on Monday.Veteran Congress leader Ram Narayan Chaudhary’s daughter Rita Chaudhary filed her nomination papers as the Congress candidate from Mandava..
Ricky Ponting wants Australian bowlers to get under the skin of Virat Kohli with some “hostile bowling” spells in the upcoming Test series. The four-match series between the two top cricketing nations begins December 6 in Adelaide.Ponting believes Kohli can be rattled but Australia need the right attitude against the India captain.The India skipper has mellowed down since the previous tour Down Under but when asked if he will be baiting Australia on the field, Ponting said: “Well, he might. I don’t necessarily believe that he is someone you shouldn’t try to get under his skin. I have seen him rattled.”Mitchell Johnson definitely rattled him a few times with some good hostile bowling and some good hostile body language around him. So, I would not sit back and let anyone bully,” Ponting told cricket.com.au.”The way we go about playing cricket, especially at home, it is about good strong body language. That is the way Australians have always played their best.”Ponting, under whom Australia dominated world cricket, said it would be “rubbish” if the current side doesn’t play with an aggressive mindset.”Yes, Australian teams of the past have always had few words to say but it was always on the back of some good hostile bowling, you can’t do without it. It is rubbish otherwise.”You have to able to impose yourself on the game in a way other than using your mouth. You got to use your actions and skills.”India lost the four-Test series 0-2 four years ago but Kohli amassed 692 runs at an average of 86.25, including four centuries.advertisementHad he been the captain, Ponting says he wouldn’t have allowed Kohli to get a good start.”With someone like him who likes to score freely, he has obviously got a big ego, there are other things you can do. Don’t let him score boundaries early on. Try and ball tight consistent stuff,” he said.”He also likes to run the ball down to third man so may be play around with guys behind the wicket in different areas, just get inside his head as to what we are trying to do.”Another thing I will be doing is going back and looking at who has had the most success against him and why. The first one that comes to mind is James Anderson. He seems to trouble him the most,” added Ponting.(With inputs from PTI)Also read | Have Australia learnt the dangers of needling Virat Kohli?Also read | Watch out Australia! Virat Kohli is coming and he is not aloneAlso read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso read | Will Australia sledge Virat Kohli? Josh Hazlewood and Tim Paine weigh inAlso watch –