Voting Begins in 199 Out of 200 Assembly Seats
Voting in 199 out of the 200 Rajasthan constituencies began at 8 am on Thursday, 7 December. Polling in Alwar district’s Ramgarh has been postponed due to the death of Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Laxman Singh.
Campaigning Ends for Rajasthan Elections
Campaigning in the high-stakes 7 December Assembly elections, dubbed as the semi-final before the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, ended in Rajasthan on Wednesday, 5 December with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress President Rahul Gandhi making a concerted attempt on the last day to win the contest for their parties.
The campaign in both the states has been bitter with personalised attacks by leaders of various parties.
BJP President Amit Shah has also been holding road shows and addressing press conferences in Rajasthan. The BJP had won 163 seats in Rajasthan in 2013 elections while Congress bagged 21.
On the other side, Rahul Gandhi has been on a relentless campaign in both Rajasthan and Telangana. The party has not projected a chief ministerial candidate in both the states.
Rajasthan Elections: Pros and Cons of Important Players
The election, which is seen as a do-or-die situation for Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, will also decide her fate within the BJP.
Two time-CM Ashok Gehlot is not only an experienced administrator, but also enjoys a loyal vote-base. He has the ability to swing sections of the OBC vote towards the Congress.
Sachin Pilot, the son of former Dausa strongman Rajesh Pilot, is perhaps the most likely choice for the Congress’ CM candidate. It will be interesting to see how things unfold for Pilot, with the BJP contesting its only Muslim candidate against against the Congress leader in the Muslim-dominated seat of Tonk.
Rajasthan Elections: All You Need to Know
Will Rajasthan see a break in the 25-year trend of alternating between the BJP and the Congress governments every consecutive term, as the state goes to polls on 7 December?
In Rajasthan, the BJP is fighting anti-incumbency to retain power though no party has been repeated after one term in the last 20 years. With the poll surveys predicting that Congress was ahead, the BJP has made persistent efforts over the last few days to shore up its prospects with Modi, the main vote getter for the BJP, addressing around 12 rallies.
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