Jaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will contest the state Assembly election from the Jhalrapatan constituency in Jhalawar district. Notably, she has been elected thrice from the seat – in 2003, 2008 and 2013. Voting for Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018 is scheduled on November 7. Also Read - Assam Police Arrests Opposition MLA Over 'Objectionable' Remarks on COVID-19 Quarantine Camps
Announcing her decision on Sunday, the CM said, “I have a 30-year-old connection with the people of Jhalawar. The people here have showered love and affection. I have done whatever I could do for Jhalawar and Baran districts.” Also Read - Crackers Are Passe, This BJP Leader Fired Shots in Air to Fulfil PM Modi's '9 Baje 9 Minute' Request, Booked
She said although her focus would be to win all the 200 Assembly seats in the Rajasthan Assembly, special attention would be on 100 seats. Also Read - 'Long Fight Against COVID-19 But Can't Give up', Says PM Modi; Is This a Hint at Lockdown Extension?
Exuding confidence that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) would form a majority government in the state once again, she said that the party workers have created a situation that Congress’s PM-face Rahul Gandhi is forced to hold Assembly-level public meetings.
“In the 2008 Assembly election, the BJP was eight seats away from making government in the state. The BJP had won 78 seats despite tough circumstances. Also, four seats were won by the JD(U) and the BJP dissidents. The Congress had won 96 seats,” Raje said.
Adding further, she claimed, “Of the eight seats, six seats were from Jhalawar and Baran districts. People of Jhalawar-Baran would not make any mistake this time and saffron would bloom in the state again.”
Neither the BJP nor the Congress has announced the list of candidates for the Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018. Earlier, their were speculations that the latter would release the names of the candidates by October 22 but, no such announcement was made by the grand old party. Meanwhile, the BJP is likely to release the first list of its candidates for Assembly polls in the state in the first week of November, Rajasthan Parliamentary Affair Minister Rajendra Rathore had said.
Rajasthan will go to the polls on December 7. The counting of votes will be held on December 11, with other four states (Mizoram, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh).