Rajasthan assembly elections 2018 : BJP vs Congress contest

There will be hard contest between BJP and Congress in state of Rajasthan today with voters here finally getting a chance to decide which political party forms the next government.

BJP manage to ensure that Vasundhara Raje gets another term or will Congress roar back to power in a state that has mostly ensured a see-saw battle over the decades.

Straight fight between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress for about 130 seats. In the current House, the BJP has 160 seats and the Congress 25.

For BJP, a number of national figures – including PM Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah – have extensively campaigned across the state. Listing out the achievements of the state and the central leadership, BJP has also targeted Congress on numerous fronts. The return fire has been quite scathing too with Rahul Gandhi, Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot leading the charge.

Raje is contesting elections from Jhalrapatan constituency from Rajasthan’s Jhalawar district, same as she did in the 2003, 2008 and 2013 elections. She is facing BJP veteran Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh who has defected to the Congress
Congress leader Ashok Gehlot will contest from Jodhpur’s Sardarpura constituency. Sachin Pilot is contesting state polls for the first time, from Rajasthan’s Tonk constituency. Pilot is in contest with BJP’s only Muslim face in the state -Yoonus Khan. Other prominent candidates from Congress include famous Jat leader Rameshwar Lal Dudi who is contesting from Nokha, senior Congress leader and former state revenue minister Hemaram Choudhary from Gudha Malani, state vice-president Mahendra Jeet Singh Malviya from Bagidora, former state home minister Shanti Dhariwal from Kota.

In the verbal wars, ‘Former JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav stoked a controversy on Thursday when he called Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje “fat”, while appealing to voters in the poll-bound state to not vote for BJP. The BJP on Thursday condemned his remarks as sexist and filed a complaint with the election commission demanding action against Yadav.

At a campaign against the BJP at a rally in Rajasthan’s Alwar, Yadav said, “Vasundhara ko aaram do, bahut thak gayi hain, bahut moti ho gayi hain, pehle patli thi. Humare Madhya Pradesh ki beti hai (Give some rest to Vasundhra, she has become very tired, very fat. She used to be thin. She is our Madhya Pradesh’ daughter).”

 

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