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Vasundhara Raje confident of win even as Sachin Pilot points to the exit

Around 140 seats are expected to witness a straight fight between the Congress and the BJP, but the rest of the seats may hold the key to the next government, according to some observers.

ET Bureau|
Dec 11, 2018, 06.47 AM IST
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“I have been travelling across the state. There is intense anger against Vasundharaji and her government. On Tuesday, you will see Congress sweeping the state,” Sachin Pilot said.

JAIPUR: A day before the counting of votes cast in the assembly election, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje claimed that the BJP will form the next government. Rival Congress, however, exuded confidence that the state will continue with its practice of the past two and a half decades of voting out the incumbent.

“I have been travelling across the state. There is intense anger against Vasundharaji and her government. On Tuesday, you will see Congress sweeping the state,” Sachin Pilot, chief of the Congress state unit and a CM hopeful said on Monday.

The election was held for 199 seats in the 200-seat assembly – polling on Ramgarh seat was postponed owing to the death of the BSP candidate. The BJP contested the polls from all seats while the Congress left five seats for its alliance partners – two each for Sharad Yadav’s Loktantrik Janata Dal and Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal, and one for Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party.

Around 140 seats are expected to witness a straight fight between the Congress and the BJP, but the rest of the seats may hold the key to the next government, according to some observers.

“This time strong rebels from both parties have put up a formidable challenge, making the contest triangular and at some places quadrangular. The outcome on these seats would be decisive in forming the government,” said Praveen Tambi, a political analyst.

He said the margin on these seats is likely to be very narrow, making it nearly impossible to forecast the results. “Pollsters have come out with exit polls. But these 60 seats are capable of changing their calculations as the contest is intense and margin is extremely thin,” he said.

Counting will begin at 8 am and trends are likely to firm up by afternoon. This election is especially significant for senior Congress leaders such as former Union ministers Girija Vyas and CP Joshi who have announced that they are contesting the state polls for the last time.
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