New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday released poll manifesto for the upcoming Rajasthan assembly state 2018 in Jaipur. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley released Sankalp Patra.Also Read - Mayawati Says 'Poll Gimmick' as Charanjit Singh Channi Takes Oath as Punjab's First Dalit Sikh CM
Addressing the media, Vasundhara Raje said that her government met 630 of 665 promises made in the 2013 election manifesto. She further said that the government will work hard to strengthen the education of girls. The government will provide meals, health checkups, education, and laptops. And on completing school, girls will get Rs. 50,000 in their bank account. Also Read - Charanjit Channi Takes Oath as First Dalit CM of Punjab Amid Fresh Infighting, Gets 2 Deputies
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Speaking on the security of girls and women, Raje said that the government has passed a very strict law on sexual harassment and rape. She also assured fifty lakh jobs will be created in the private sector in the upcoming five years in Rajasthan. “Every year, 30,000 jobs will be given in the government sector,” Raje added.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had won 163 seats and the Congress 23 seats in the 14th assembly election held in 2013. Elections in Rajasthan have been a two-party affair—the BJP and Congress.
Vasundhara Raje has been the chief minister of the state for the full term of 5 years. She was also the chief minister from 2003 to 2008. In 2008, the BJP lost the elections and Congress party made its veteran leader Ashok Gehlot the chief minister of Rajasthan. In 2013, the BJP returned with a massive mandate and Vasundhara Raje again took the leadership of the state.
While the Congress is pinning its hope on massive anti-incumbency factor against the BJP government in Rajasthan, the BJP can’t afford to lose the state that elects 25 Lok Sabha members. Currently, the BJP has 23 Lok Sabha seats and the Congress just 2. Six months before the Lok Sabha General Elections, the Rajasthan Assembly polls outcome is bound to impact both the parties’ plank for the Lok Sabha. If Congress wins, it will lift its spirit, it would be a comeback for that party that has been on the losing streak just before the Lok Sabha polls.
Since 1990, six assembly elections were held in Rajasthan, BJP formed the government four times and Congress ruled the state two times. Congress leader Ashok Gehlot was the chief minister of the state from 1998 to 2003 and 2008 to 2013. He remains the top contender for the top position this time too. Having served the state as its chief minister for two full terms, incumbent chief minister Vasundhara Raje is the tallest BJP leader and in case of a victory, she will have no challenger within the party for the top job.
Single phase voting for the Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018 will be held on December 7, 2018, and counting of votes will take place on December 11, 2018, along with four other states—Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, and Mizoram. There are 200 assembly constituencies in Rajasthan.