As a Padma Shri awardee, an Olympic silver medallist, a retired Military Colonel and a Lok Sabha member who’s at present in his second time period, taking over and acing challenges appears to return pretty simply to Rajyavardhan Rathore. The double entice shooter is, nevertheless, having to regulate his sights and take intention at a brand new goal as he campaigns as a BJP candidate for the Rajasthan Meeting elections from the Jhotwara constituency.
Born in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, in January 1970 to an Military Colonel and a trainer, Mr Rathore was chosen for the Nationwide Defence Academy after which attended the Indian Navy Academy. Commissioned within the ninth Grenadiers Regiment in 1990, he was stationed in Jammu and Kashmir for a part of his profession and was promoted to his closing rank of Colonel in 2009.
Mr Rathore took up taking pictures as a sport in 1998 and gained the gold medal within the 2002 Commonwealth Video games in Manchester, setting a report of 192 for the occasion, which is but to be damaged. Two years later, he turned the primary particular person silver Olympic medallist in unbiased India by profitable the medal within the double entice taking pictures occasion within the 2004 Athens Olympics.
After taking voluntary retirement from the Military, Mr Rathore joined the BJP in 2013 and described Narendra Modi as a “decisive” chief who must be given an opportunity to guide the nation.
“I do know politics and politicians are hated however I nonetheless imagine in goodness of a coronary heart that has selfless intentions. With the grace of god, I’ll make a distinction,” Rathore had been quoted as saying by information company PTI.
“For 23 years of my life, I’ve served the nation in warfare and peace to the very best of my potential. I’m educated to struggle by the best Military of the world and so I have to not again out when the nation is confronted with a distinct form of menace,” he had stated.
The shooter contested the Lok Sabha elections from the Jaipur Rural constituency in 2014 and was appointed the minister of state for info and broadcasting the identical yr. He was appointed the youth affairs and sports activities minister in 2017 and was additionally given unbiased cost of the knowledge and broadcasting portfolio as a minister of state the subsequent yr.
Mr Rathore, who was re-elected as a Member of Parliament in 2019, is one among seven BJP MPs which might be being fielded by the get together to buttress its makes an attempt to return to energy within the state, which has been recognized for its revolving-door coverage. The get together, which is combating with out Vasundhara Raje because the chief ministerial face, is cautious of getting the Congress return to energy underneath Ashok Gehlot in a state the place no get together has managed to win a second time period since 1993.
The Jhotwara constituency is about to witness a battle between Mr Rathore and Abhishek Choudhary, who was picked by the Congress instead of the incumbent MLA, Lalchand Kataria. The BJP MP can also be going through an uphill battle as a result of his choice for the seat had upset Vasundhara Raje loyalist Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, who was anticipating to get the ticket.