Congress' Win In "Revolving Door" Rajasthan: Poll Of Exit Polls


Congress' Win In "Revolving Door" Rajasthan: Poll Of Exit Polls (file image)

New Delhi:The state of Rajasthan is all set to follow its tradition of throwing out the incumbent government as per the poll of exit polls, after the end of voting for five state elections. The state's election result will be announced on December 11, along with that of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram will be announced.

An aggregate of exit polls gives the BJP 78 of 199 seats that went to polls in Rajasthan and the Congress, 112. Any party has to win 100 to form government in the state.

For over two decades, the desert state has been a "revolving door"; it has thrown out the party in power.

The BJP, apart from anti-incumbency,  suffered a series of high-profile exits before the elections, including its founder-member Jaswant Singh's son Manvendra Singh, who is directly challenging Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje of the BJP in her constituency Jhalrapatan, which she has on thrice.

If the Congress Party wins, they will have to resolve the issue they been putting off for months - its chief ministerial candidate.

The party's old warhorse Ashok Gehlot, a former Rajasthan chief minister, has a rival for the top post - state Congress chief Sachin Pilot.

They both are contesting the polls held today.

"The high command will decide who will be Chief Minister," Ashok Gehlot told NDTV, calling questions on Sachin Pilot's credentials for the top job "hypothetical".

Sachin Pilot, asked the same question, 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 of all leaders and workers in Rajasthan. For 70 years it has been the tradition that elected lawmakers choose the chief minister."

He quipped that for now, he would go for a "nice bath and go to sleep."

They addressed a joint press conference, last month to announce that both would fight the polls.

Who among the two would contest the election had been the subject of much speculation as both were seen as the Congress's candidates for chief minister.

The party was seen to be reluctant to field either of them, if only to avoid the inevitable tussle for the Chief Minister's post. 

In the Manmohan Singh's government, Sachin Pilot was a minister. He had lost the 2014 Lok Sabha polls from Ajmer. Sachin Pilot did not contest the by-elections, earlier this year for the seat, which the Congress won by a huge margin.