Rajasthan: Congress has good news from Rajasthan Assembly elections where it is on its way to form the next government. The party has crossed the half-way mark.
The Congress is leading in 99 seats, while the BJP is ahead in 45 seats in the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, according to the state election commission’s website. Several state ministers are trailing behind their rivals after the initial rounds of counting.
Seven Independents and three candidates of other parties have taken the lead, according to the office of Rajasthan’s Chief Electoral Officer.
Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is leading in the Jhalrapatan constituency by over 4,000 votes. The Congress has fielded veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh from the seat.
Congress candidate and discus throw gold medallist in the 2010 Commonwealth Games Krishna Poonia is leading in the Sadulpur constituency by 646 votes.
The ministers trailing are — state Social Justice Minister Arun Chaturvedi (Civil Lines), Water Resources Minister Rampratap (Hanumangarh), Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini (Anta), UDH Minister Srichand Kriplani (Nimahera), Gaupalan Minster Otaram Devasi (Sirohi seat) and Health Minister Kalicharan (Malvia Nagar). Barmer MP Sonaram is also trailing.
In Deoli-Uniara seat, Congress candidate and former DGP Harish Meena is trailing by 1,779 votes.
The final results in all both states are expected to be declared by early afternoon.
The elections saw a long-drawn and acidic campaign by all the major parties with the stakes very high for the BJP as well as the Congress, both of whom are hoping to win big and carry the momentum into the Lok Sabha election which is scheduled to take place in 2019.