Manvendra Singh Vs Vasundhara Raje in Jhalrapatan

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Rajasthan Polls: Manvendra Singh Vs Vasundhara Raje in Jhalrapatan

Amid waves of anti-incumbency, BJP‘s Vasundhara Raje is seeking her second term in Rajasthan which goes to polls on 7 December.

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Manvendra Vs Raje in Jhalrapatan

The Congress’ Manvendra Singh will contest against Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje from Jhalrapatan in the upcoming Rajasthan assembly elections.

Congress, BJP Release List of Candidates

The Congress on Saturday, 17 November released the second list of 32 candidates for Rajasthan Assembly elections.

The BJP, too, released its third list of eight candidates.

Modi, Yogi to Campaign in Rajasthan

PM Narendra Modi, BJP President Amit Shah, Union Ministers Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj and Nitin Gadkari

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to campaign in Rajasthan ahead of the 7 December Legislative Assembly elections.

Former Jaipur Mayor Resigns From Congress

Disappointed over being denied a ticket, former Mayor of Jaipur Jyoti Khandelwal resigned from the Congress party, reported ANI.

Protests Erupt After Congress Releases First List of Candidates

Congress workers on Thursday night protested over the first list of candidates released by the party for the Rajasthan Assembly elections.

The workers who had gathered outside Rahul Gandhi’s residence were detained, reported ANI.

“Instead of parachute candidates, [we] request him (Rahul Gandhi) to give tickets to those who gave their blood to and toiled for the Congress.”

Two BJP Leaders Who Joined Congress Yesterday Given Tickets

Both the BJP leaders who had joined the Congress on Wednesday found their names in the first list of 152 candidates released by the grand old party late on

While former BJP MP Harish Meena has been fielded from Deoli Uniara, former BJP MLA Habibur Rahman

He will be contesting for the Congress from Nagaur, which is where he won for the BJP in the last election.

Rahman was reportedly miffed over the denial of ticket by the BJP, after which he shifted to the Congress.

Cong Releases 1st List of 152 Candidates: Gehlot to Contest From Sardarpura, Pilot From Tonk

The Congress late on Thursday, 15 November, released its first list of 152 candidates for the 7 December

Rajasthan Assembly elections, fielding former chief minister Ashok Gehlot from Sardarpura and state party president Sachin Pilot from Tonk seat.

Gehlot and Pilot had on Wednesday made their intentions clear that they would contest the Assembly polls along with senior state leaders.

Former National Commission for Women chief Girija Vyas will contest from Udaipur,

while senior party leader CP Joshi will be party nominee from the Nathdwara assembly seat.

The Leader of Opposition in the Rajasthan Assembly, Rameshwar Lal Dudi, is the Congress’s candidate from the Nokha assembly seat.

AICC Secretary Harish Chaudhary will contest the polls from the Baytoo seat.

The party’s central election committee General Secretary Mukul Wasnik released the list after hectic deliberations with senior state leaders and the party leadership.

Sources said the list was reportedly delayed over differences on distribution of party tickets.

The notification for the polls was issued on Monday.

Race For Cong CM Candidate Heats Up As Both Gehlot-Pilot to Contest Elections

Rajasthan’s former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and state Congress president Sachin Pilot on Wednesday, 14 November,

It declared that they both will contest the 7 December assembly election, firing up the race for the chief minister’s post in the state

where the party is seeking to wrest power from the BJP.

Sources said the leadership contest in Rajasthan Congress will now intensify with both main contenders throwing their hat in the ring.

Gehlot and Pilot, however, dismissed suggestions that there was any infighting among the state leaders and asserted that they will unitedly take on the BJP.

The two leaders ended the speculation over whether they will contest the polls at a joint press conference in New Delhi at the Congress headquarters,

where the party announced the joining of BJP MP Harish Chandra Meena from Dausa in Rajasthan.

While Gehlot is a sitting MLA from Sardarpura in Jodhpur district, Pilot has never contested the state assembly polls.

BJP Releases Second List of Candidates

The BJP on Wednesday released its second list of 31 candidates for the Rajasthan Assembly elections.

BJP MP from Dausa Joins Congress

BJP’s MP from Rajasthan’s Dausa, Harish Meena, joined the Congress party on Wednesday, 14 November, in the presence of party leaders Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot.

5-Time BJP MLA Resigns as Minister, Quits Party After Being Denied Ticket

A Rajasthan minister, who was dropped by the BJP in its first list of candidates for the assembly election released on Sunday, 11 November, resigned from his post and the party on Monday.

Surendra Goyal, the public health engineering and ground water minister who represents the Jaitaran constituency, tendered separate resignations to CM Vasundhara Raje and the party’s state president, Madan Lal Saini.

The five-time MLA has not sighted any reason for the resignation. In its first list of 131 candidates released on Sunday night, the BJP has fielded a new face, Avinash Gehlot, from Jaitaran.

Goyal may now contest the Jaitaran seat in Pali district as an independent, reported Hindustan Times.

Along with Goyal, Tribal Affairs Minister Nandlal Meena could not make it to the first list. However, the party has fielded Meena’s son from his constituency.

BJP Releases List of 131 Candidates for Rajasthan Assembly Elections

The BJP has released its first list of 131 candidates for the upcoming assembly elections in Rajasthan.

Union Minister JP Nadda”In the list of 131 candidates, there are 12 female candidates, 32 young candidates, 17 from the SC category, 19 from the ST category. There are 85 sitting MLAs and 25 new faces in the list.”As per the list, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje will be contesting from the Jhalrapatan constituency, from where she has been a three-time MLA.

40 Sitting BJP Legislators May be Dropped

At least 40 sitting BJP legislators, including six ministers, may be dropped by the party for the upcoming assembly elections in Rajasthan. While the party is slated to release its first list of candidates on Sunday, 11 November, is is believed that fresh faces may be featured in the next lists, DNA reported.

According to the newspaper, the decision to drop some of the legislators took place in a meeting of the State Core Committee held in Delhi on Saturday, 10 November, under the chairmanship of state election in-charge and Union minister Prakash Javadekar.

BJP Launches Mass Contact Programme in Rajasthan Ahead of Assembly Polls

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan launched ‘Mera Parivar-BJP Parivar’ campaign on Saturday, 10 November, to reach out to masses ahead of the Assembly polls in the state.

Jaipur MP Ramcharan Bohra said during the campaign, party workers will meet residents of each constituency and put BJP flags and stickers on their houses.

The party has also released a special poster for the mass contact programme.

Bohra said since 2 November, the BJP has been conducting booth-level programmes, under which the party’s public representatives inform people about policies of both central and state governments.

Gave More Jobs Than What Was Promised: BJP’s Rajasthan Unit

The BJP’s Rajasthan unit has claimed that the party-led government in the state generated employment for 44 lakh people and the number was much more than what was promised.

The party’s state unit tweeted on Friday,”The BJP had promised to generate employment for 15 lakh people, though more than 44 lakh people were given jobs”.

The Congress’ state unit chief Sachin Pilot said that the BJP’s claim was “baseless and irresponsible”.

Don’t See Anti-Incumbency: Vasundhara Raje Before Rajasthan Polls

BJP leader and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, in an interview to Times Now on 9 November,

he dismissed that there’s any anti-incumbency on the field, expressing confidence that they are going to win the election.

Raje also attacked the Opposition while saying that the BJP has a democratic system, wherein “leaders rise from the grassroots”.

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What Do Opinion Polls Say?

The ABP News C-Voter opinion poll predicts a massive win for the Congress in the Rajasthan Assembly election,

with the party getting 142 of the 200 seats, while the BJP is reduced to just 56 seats. The ‘Others’, meanwhile, are predicted to get two seats.

In terms of the vote share, the Congress has been predicted to get 50 percent of the votes, while the BJP 34 percent. The ‘Others’ are expected to garner 16 percent of the vote share.

The C-fore opinion polls have given the Congress 124-138 seats in the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly,

with its state president Sachin Pilot leading Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje as the most preferred candidate for the top post.

The ABP-CSDS survey has also given a majority to Congress in Rajasthan.

Expert Speak: From The Quint

1. Raje’s ‘Betrayal of Rajputs’ Spells Win for Jaswant Singh Family

Manvendra Singh’s recent switch to the Congress marks the climax to a long-running cold war within the Rajasthan BJP.

The marquee clash of Rajasthan politics – with Vasundhara Raje on one side and the Jaswant Singh family on the other –

It seems more like a medieval, feudal battle than a modern political tussle.


2. A Dent in Raj, MP & Chhattisgarh Polls Can Sink BJP’s Ship in 2019

Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh have been BJP strongholds for years.

While the BJP got an unprecedented mandate in the last Assembly and Lok Sabha elections in Rajasthan,

we will get to know the mood of the people in these states on 11 December.

But all surveys indicate that it is going to be an uphill task for the BJP to retain its absolute dominance in the three states.

What impact will it have on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections?


3. Why Congress’s Crowdfunding Initiative in Rajasthan Looks Doomed

Besides the lack of merit in its present appeal, the credibility of its challenge in Rajasthan,

and Rahul Gandhi’s persistent and punchy attacks against crony capitalism,

Congress’s motives behind seeking crowdfunding and its long-term commitment to resetting its funding portfolio.


4. Rajasthan Assembly Polls: Will Defiant Raje Be Able to Hold Fort?

Split wide open – this explains the state of internal politics in the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) and Congress in Rajasthan.

Whosoever is able to manage this divide better has brighter chances of emerging victorious on 11 December 2018.


Rajasthan Elections: All You Need to Know

Will Rajasthan see a break in the 25-year trend of alternating between the BJP and the Congress governments every consecutive term, as the state goes to polls on 7 December?

With anti-incumbency, communal and caste disharmony, agrarian crisis and political infighting looming large over the Vasundhara Raje government,

Rajasthan is the best bet for the Congress among the five states –

Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram – that go into elections starting from mid November.

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