Congress leads in Rajasthan Assembly Elections, crosses majority mark

It's Advantage Congress in Assembly Elections 2018 as Party Gets Majority in Chhattisgarh Rajasthan Caught in Nail Biting Contest With BJP in MP
Advantage Congress in Assembly Elections 2018

13 December, 2018

Addressing the media here after Congress emerged victor in Chhattisgarh and inching closer to victory in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, Gandhi said the people's disenchantment over Modi's failure to deliver on his promises was palpable across the country. Meanwhile, Congress leader Kamal Nath has reportedly announced his party's victory at the Bhopal party office in Madhya Pradesh. Sachin Piolet held a press onference and said, "We are in touch with anti-BJP candidates (winners)". The setback has presented a major challenge to the party that now holds the reins at the centre and is seeking a second term in the general elections due in April next year. While the party is confident of forming government in both the states, its next challenge will be selecting chief ministers in all the three states. Failing to break the revolving door trend which has continued in the state for the last four polls, the BJP led by CM Vasundhara Raje seems to have lost the elections.

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has sent former Union defence minister A K Antony as an observer to meet the MLAs.

Secondly, the majority of seats in the three states witnessed bipolar contests between the BJP and the Congress.

The see-saw battle of the ballot ended on Wednesday morning, with the Congress emerging as the single-largest party, with 114 seats.

In two other states also releasing results on Tuesday, Telangana in the south and remote Mizoram in the northeast, regional parties looked to be leading. As many as 2,899 candidates were in the fray including 250 women and five third gender candidates.

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The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) registered a thumping victory in Telangana state, while in Mizoram state, the Mizo National Front trounced the Congress party. It will be very hard for Modi and the BJP to win the 2019 elections.

Voting in the three states was spread over the past two weeks.

"The BJP government has damaged most institutions". Since 1998, the BJP and the Congress have been in power alternatively with neither party able to retain power for a second term. In Rajasthan, the Congress was leading in 99 of the 199 seats contested, against 73 for the ruling BJP. Some of India's important institutions like the federal investigation agency CBI and the central bank have been roiled by controversies, prompting many to believe that their independence has been eroded.

Analysts say a big loss for Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party would signify rural dismay and help unite the opposition, despite his high personal popularity in the face of criticism that he did not deliver on promises of jobs for young people and better conditions for farmers.

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