It is believed that in politics, some people are privileged. In Rajasthan, it is often the members of the erstwhile royal families who make it to this category.

That is probably the reason that legislator from Bikaner East and member of the erstwhile royal family of Bikaner, Siddhi Kumari, continues to be the face of BJP. A two-time MLA, she has been conspicuous by her absence from the Assembly far more than her presence. She is among the worst performers in the House and according to a recent Association for Democratic Reforms report, of the 139 sittings held at the Assembly since 2014, she has attended only 18 and raised 11 questions. 

She is not just a missing face in the Assembly but also from her own constituency. BJP workers say it has been long that she has made an appearance in a party function in her constituency.

“She makes a rare appearance and turns down invitations,” said a party worker.

Despite she is not the “ideal public” figure, Siddhi Kumari, an MA in literature, may be party’s candidate from Bikaner East this year as well. Being from the erstwhile royal family, she has her support base. What goes in her favour is that she is a non-controversial figure.

Born in 1973, Siddhi Kumari contested elections for the first time in 2008. Her grandfather Karni Singh, the erstwhile ruler of Bikaner, was a five-time Independent MP from Bikaner and among first members from the then royal families to plunge into politics.

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