New Delhi: Trends emerging from Rajasthan show that it will be close call for the incumbent BJP and its arch rival Congress but the heavyweights, irrespective of their parties, managed to make the cut. (Catch LIVE Updates of Assembly Election Results Here)
Incumbent Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has won from her seat in Jhalrapatan for the fourth time, this time beating Congress’ Manvendra Singh. Singh is the son of BJP veteran leader Jaswant Singh.
Likewise, Congress stalwarts Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot have won from their respective seats. While Pilot has fought from Tonk, Gehlot has won from Sardarpura.
Pilot has defeated BJP’s only Muslim candidate in the state and Transport Minister Younus Khan.
It was the first assembly elections for 41-year old Pilot, a two-time Member of Parliament, and he defeated Khan with a margin of 54,179 votes on the Muslim-dominated seat.
So far, the Congress and the BJP have won six seats each, while the BSP has bagged three. Also, one independent and one other party candidate have won.
BJP’s Rajpal Singh Shekhawat has lost from Jhotpura, said reports. He has been defeated by Lalchand Kataria of the Congress.
According to latest reports, the BJP has registered its win from 15 seats.
The polls are seen as a major test of the popularity of the BJP and the Congress which has been trying to bring all opposition parties under one roof ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
If the Congress manages to upset its dominant rival in these assembly polls, then it will be a big boost to the opposition for the Lok Sabha polls, while a good show by the BJP will energise its cadres and give a fillip to its hopes of retaining the power at the Centre in 2019.
In 2013, the BJP had won 165, 163 and 49 seats in the Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh respectively, with the Congress securing 58, 21 and 39 seats.