Rajasthan is set to follow its tradition of throwing out the incumbent government according to the exit polls on Friday, after the end of voting for five state elections. The results will be announced on Tuesday, December 11 in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana, and Mizoram. An aggregate of exit polls gives the BJP 78 and the Congress 112 of 199 seats that went to polls in Rajasthan. Any of one party has to win 100 to form the government in the state Rajasthan. Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh directly challenging Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje Besides anti-incumbency, the BJP suffered a series of high-profile exits before the elections and its founder-member Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh, who is directly challenging Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje of the BJP in her constituency Jhalrapatan. If the Congress will wins, then they will be forced to confront an issue it has been putting off for months – its chief ministerial candidate. The party’s old warhorse Ashok Gehlot, a former CM of Rajasthan, has a rival for the top post – state Congress chief Sachin Pilot. “The high command will decide who will be Chief Minister,” Ashok Gehlot told, calling questions on Sachin Pilot’s credentials for the top job “hypothetical”. Sachin Pilot asked the same question, he said “I don’t know, My job was to win and we did. I really think I am a fortunate party president for getting the support to all Rajasthani leaders and workers. For 70 years it has been the tradition that elected lawmakers to choose the CM. Last month, they all addressed a joint press conference to announce that both of them would fight the polls. Who among the two would contest the election had been the subject for much speculation. As both were seen as the Cong. candidates for CM. The party was seen to be reluctant to field one of them if only to avoid the inevitable tussle for the Chief Minister’s post.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today slammed Congress president Rahul Gandhi for “raising doubts” over the cross-border surgical strike carried out by the Army in September 2016. PM also alleging that the military operation left the opposition party dejected instead of elated. “When our soldiers came back from the surgical strike, the entire country was filled with pride and nationalistic zeal. The Congress, however, was in mourning. Did you believe that the surgical strike was a fraud when you first heard about it? But the naamdar (aristocrat) sitting in the CongressRead More
The Congress on Wednesday accused the BJP of bribing voters with state funds through its ‘free smartphone’ scheme in Rajasthan and insulting the legacy of Rajput king Maharana Pratap and his close aide Bhamashah by naming the scheme after them. As per government records, 1.64 crore families with 6.08 crore members are enrolled with Bhamashah’ scheme and of these 1.03 crore families are entitled to receive benefits under the NFSA. “The Bharatiya Janata Party is using public money to collectively bribe the people of Rajasthan. It is offering mobile phonesRead More