Jaipur: Rajasthan Assembly Elections were held on December 7 and this time, the Congress would be back in the saddle, if the exit polls results are anything to go by. The state is one that has seen the BJP and the Congress alternate power in the past 20 years. Counting of votes would be held on Tuesday and the results would be out the same day.
Rajasthan recorded a voter turnout of 74 per cent. The state witnessed a few clashes during voting but polling across the 51,687 booths was largely peaceful.
The majority mark is 101 out of the 200 seats. Zee News Maha Exit poll gave the grand old party 109 seats; others have also given the Congress a majority except for the Republic which predicted 91 seats for it. The BJP, in contrast, was predicted to get anywhere between 80 and 90 seats in all exit polls.
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Exit poll results notwithstanding, arch rivals BJP and the Congress have both claimed they would be forming the next state government.
While the BJP claimed it would get a majority in the state, the Congress said it will go past the numbers predicted by the poll of polls.
The BJP has held a meeting of its core committee at its headquarters to discuss its strategy. “I am not going to comment on the exit polls. The results will come on December 11. The BJP is going to form the government with a majority,” Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje told reporters after the meeting.
Union minister and BJP state election management committee convener Gajendra Singh Shekhawat also exuded confidence that his party will form the government with a majority.
Meanwhile, an upbeat Congress said it was sure to surpass the exit poll predictions. “The numbers for the Congress party will be better than what any of the exit polls have predicted,” Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot said.