Jodhpur: The Congress seems eager to declare the Assembly election results, said a report on Monday. There’s still a day to go for counting of votes in Rajasthan Assembly elections and big banners claiming victory in the elections at various spots in Jodhpur, only to be removed soon after, reported Zee News. (Also read: Exit Poll Results: MP, C’garh Head For Hung Assemblies, Rajasthan to go to Congress, Telangana to be Back With TRS) Also Read - 'Stand Together With Govt But Sudden Lockdown Created Immense Panic', Rahul Gandhi Writes to PM
A poster even declared that former chief minister and senior party member Ashok Gehlot had won with a margin of over 30,000 votes from the Sardarpura Assembly constituency. But all the posters were removed later. Also Read - More Nuanced, Compassionate Approach Required to Deal With Crisis: Rahul Gandhi on Lockdown
Gehlot has been elected from Sardarpura four times already. The state went to polls on December 7 and recorded a turnout of 74 per. Results will be declared on Tuesday, December 11. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh: 22 Rebel Congress MLAs Join BJP, Day After Kamal Nath's Resignation as Chief Minister
A total of 2,274 candidates are in the fray for 199-member Assembly constituencies.
The Election Commission ordered re-polling at Karanpur Assembly Constituency in Rajasthan’s Sri Ganganagar district. Ramgarh constituency in Alwar district will go to poll later due to the death of BSP candidate Laxman Singh.
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 two.
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.
In the recently held Karnataka Assembly polls, the Congress had to play second fiddle just to keep the BJP out of power. It accepted Janata Dal (Secular)’s HD Kumaraswamy as the chief minister in the coalition that was formed after the result despite having more seats than the JD(S). In Rajasthan, a win for the Congress would give it some gunpowder to take on the mighty BJP in other upcoming elections.