Rajasthan Elections: Congress set to form govt, seeks appointment with governor
Jaipur, Dec 11: Congress emerged the single largest party in thee Rajasthan assembly polls whose results were declared on Tuesday, winning 99 seats on its own, and one more with RLD.
Due to the death of one candidate, elections were countermanded in one seat, effectively making it an election for 199 seats, putting the majority at 100 seats.
Since 1993, power has alternated between Congress and BJP every five years. Despite a series of by-poll losses, Vasundhara Raje is banking on several welfare schemes to deliver political dividends.
All three opinion polls; ABP CVoter, News Nation and Times Now War Room Strategies are predicting a Congress win. Rajasthan is important for the BJP and the Congress as it sends 25 MPs to the Lok Sabha. Currently, the BJP has 23 MPs while the Congress has only two.
In 2013, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) registered a massive mandate and won 163 assembly seats. The Congress on the other hand managed to bag just 21 seats and 33 percent of the votes. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) managed only three and Independents won seven. The Rajasthan assembly has a total of 200 seats.