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Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018: All you need to know

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The BJP government in Rajasthan is facing a strong anti-incumbency and according to opinion polls, Congress is likely to snatch the state from BJP.

 

The election commission on Saturday announced the dates for polling in the five states- Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh, Mizoram and Telangana for the assembly elections. The Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat informed that the polling in Rajasthan will be held on December 7 in one phase. The tenure of Rajasthan assembly ends on January 20, 2019.

The last date of filing the nominations is November 19 while the final date of scrutiny of the candidate is November 20. The candidates can withdraw their nominations by November 22. The counting of results will take place on December 11.

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Currently, Bharatiya Janata Party is ruling the state with Vasundhara Raje Scindia as the Chief Minister. However, the government is facing a strong anti-incumbency in Rajasthan and according to many opinion polls, Congress is likely to snatch the state from BJP.

Here is everything you need to know about the state:

Demographics:

As per details from Census 2011, Rajasthan has the population of 6.86 Crores, an increase from 5.65 Crore in 2001 census. Out of which male and female are 3.5 crores and 3.2 crores respectively. The population of Rajasthan forms 5.66 percent of India, as per the 2011 census data.

Hinduism is majority religion in the state of Rajasthan with 88.49 % followers. Islam is the second most popular religion in the state with approximately 9.07 % following it. Christianity is followed by 0.14 %, Jainism by 0.91 %, Sikhism by 1.27 % and Buddhism by 1.27 % population.

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Out of the total population of Rajasthan, 24.87% people live in urban regions. The total figure of population living in urban areas is 1.7 crores. Around 75.13% of Rajasthan’s population live in the villages of rural areas. The Total population of rural areas of Rajasthan according to the 2011 census was 5.1 crores.

Voter population:

According to the election commission of India report issued in 2013, the total voter population in Rajasthan was 4.08 crores. Out of which 2.1 crores were male voters and 1.9 crores were female voters and 24 were registered as others. According to the final voter list released by the Rajasthan Chief Electoral officer Anand Kumar, the number of total electors this year is 4.7 crores. Out of which 2.4 crores are men while 2.2 crores are women. The state currently has 1.13 lakh service voters. Over the last five years, Rajasthan has added 67,53,000 new voters. The state has 51,796 polling centers out of 9,490 are in urban areas while 42,306 are in rural areas.

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Constituencies:

Rajasthan Assembly has total 200 constituencies. While 33 assembly constituency seats are reserved for the scheduled caste candidates, 25 are reserved for Scheduled Tribe candidates.

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Major Political Parties:

According to the election commission data, there are total six national parties in the state including Bharatiya Janata Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Communist Party of India, Communist Party of India (Marxist), Indian National Congress and Nationalist Congress Party. There are as many as nine regional parties including Janata Dal (Secular), Janata Dal (United), Samajwadi Party, etc. Rajasthan, however, has 10 regional parties which can influence as many as 30 seats in the state including JD(U), BSP, INLD, NPP etc.

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RPCC Chief Sachin Pilot with former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2013 results:

In the last assembly election, the incumbent Congress received a drubbing and BJP swept the polls which were also projected as a “Modi wave”. The BJP won majority 163 seats while Congress won only 22- just 5 seats more than others. In 2013, BJP’s vote share went drastically up from 39.5% in 2008 to 80.7%. On the other hand, Congress’ vote share fell from 51% to 10.9%. Although there was a strong anti-incumbency against the Gehlot government, he won from his constituency of Sardarpura. After BJP’s win, Vasundhara Raje Scindia was made the CM of the state.

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Prominent Leaders:

Ashok Gehlot: – Ashok Gehlot is a prominent figure in the Congress party in Rajasthan. He has also served as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan twice, which distinguishes him to be one of the most powerful political leaders in Rajasthan. During his tenure as Chief Minister of Rajasthan, he was strong on development. He has been credited for his drought management and creation of 7 million-days’ employment during severe droughts in Rajasthan.

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Sachin Pilot:

Sachin Pilot stepping in his father’s footsteps entered politics in 2002 at the young age of 25. At the age of 36, he became the youngest Parliamentarian. He lost in 2014 to BJP’s Sanwar Lal Jat. However, still, he was made party’s State Unit President. But, Sachin Pilot’s dedication and hard work went beyond the defeat. has far more connect with common people. A great orator, his Gujjar roots also bring the weight to his position. The pilot is not only charismatic and approachable but also strikes a chord with youngsters. Though, there was news about infighting among the members, the recent Congress rallies where Pilot and Gehlot were together seen campaigning have sent a strong message.

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Vasundhara Raje Scindia:

Vasundhara Raje is one of the most powerful political leaders in Rajasthan and is currently serving as the Chief Minister of Rajasthan. Currently the 13th CM of Rajasthan, Raje is the first female CM of Rajasthan. In 1984, Raje entered the Indian political system. Initially, she was made a Member of the National Executive of the newly formed Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). She was also elected as a member of the 8th Rajasthan Assembly from Dholpur. The same year, she was appointed as the Vice President of the Yuva Morcha, Rajasthan BJP.

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Pulwama terror attack will be avenged: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

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Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the Pulwama terror attack that took place last Thursday is “unforgivable” and those responsible for the strike will not be spared.

 

Lucknow| Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said on Sunday the Narendra Modi government has “broken the backbone” of terrorists as he asserted that the “cowardly” Pulwama terror attack will be avenged.

“National security is most important and there cannot be any compromise on this. Neither can there be any soft posturing? The cowardly act will be avenged,” Naqvi told reporters here, referring to the recent terror attack in Pulwama in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.

“In the more than four-and-half years of the Modi government, the backbone of terrorists has been broken. Since the formation of BJP government at the Centre, barring some places in Kashmir, there has been no terror attack,” the Union minister said.

Citing Sankat Mochan temple (Varanasi), Mecca Masjid (Hyderabad) and Lucknow, he claimed that earlier there were no places where terror attack had not taken place.

“But, during the tenure of the Modi government, the terrorists have not been able to strike,” he said.

The minister said the Pulwama terror attack that took place last Thursday is “unforgivable” and those responsible for the strike will not be spared.

“The Prime Minister has already made his intentions clear in very strong words. We are not going to compromise with those responsible for the terror attack, those who give them patronage or those who sponsor them. They will not be spared,” Naqvi said.

He referred to the government actions in the aftermath of the deadly terror strike.

“The Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status accorded to Pakistan (by India) has been withdrawn. The process of reining in separatist forces, who sing praises of Pakistan, while staying in India, has also started,” Naqvi said.

The security cover of six separatist leaders, including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, was withdrawn Sunday.

To a question whether the Lok Sabha elections would be postponed in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, the Union minister said the poll process and the terror strike are separate issues.

Reacting to controversial statements made by Congress leaders Navjot Singh Siddhu and another leader Noor Bano, vis-a-vis the Pulwama terror attack, Naqvi said, “The Congress must rein in its leaders. In this party (Congress), a competition on giving (controversial) statements is going on.”

On “non-fulfilment” of promises made by the BJP regarding Article 370 and Ram temple in Ayodhya, Naqvi said, “These have been our sankalp (commitment). In the more than four-and-half years of the Modi government, we have given a government of Iqbal (faith), Imaan (honesty) and Insaaf (justice).”

Naqvi said the ‘Bharat ke Mann ki Baat, Modi ke Saath’ programme is the “first-of-its-kind” step taken by any political party.

The BJP launched the month-long exercise on February 3 to seek suggestions from 10 crore people across the country to help the party prepare its ‘sankalp patra’ (manifesto).

“It is happening for the first time that a government has embarked on a programme to know the aspirations of the people, while presenting the report of the work done by it so far. This programme is for construction of a new and prosperous India.” Naqvi said.

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We will not allow Assam to become another Kashmir: Amit Shah

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On the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, Amit Shah said misinformation was being spread as if it was only for Assam and other parts of the Northeast.

 

Lakhimpur| BJP National President Amit Shah making a remark on Assam’s ongoing NRC protests said that the BJP government will not let Assam become another Kashmir. “BJP government brought NRC (National Register of Citizens) here. We will not allow Assam to become another Kashmir. It’s our commitment that with the help of NRC, we will deport each and every infiltrator out of Assam,” said Shah. He was addressing a rally in Assam’s Lakhimpur area.

On the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which the Centre failed to table in Rajya Sabha, the BJP president said misinformation was being spread as if it was only for Assam and other parts of the Northeast.

“It was not only for Northeast but for all refugees in the entire country. The way demography is changing in Assam, without the Citizenship Bill, the people of the state will be in big danger,” he added.

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CM Adityanath didn’t accept offer to give up charge of UP backward class welfare dept: Rajbhar

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The leader of SBSP, Omprakash Rajbhar which is an ally of the ruling BJP in UP, said he was giving up the charge of the backward class welfare department.

 

Lucknow| UP Cabinet Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar on Sunday said his offer to give up the charge of the Uttar Pradesh backward class welfare department has not been accepted by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

The leader of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), which is an ally of the ruling BJP in UP, had on Thursday said he was giving up the charge of the backward class welfare department, expressing disappointment that his recommendations on the appointment of state backward castes panel members have been “ignored”.

The minister had said he would, however, continue to be in charge of the Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities Department.

“I had offered my resignation from the backward class welfare department but the same has not been accepted by the chief minister,” Rajbhar told PTI.

He said, “I told the chief minister that when I do not have the right to keep people of my choice in the UP Backward welfare panel then what is the use of being a minister. The chief minister told me he would look into the matter.”

Rajbhar, however, said that he was sticking to his stand of resigning from the backward class welfare department.

The SBSP had earlier threatened to part ways with the saffron party if the state government does not implement the social justice panel’s recommendation to classify various OBC and Dalit sub-castes into three broad categories and provide quota within quota to them.

The committee, constituted in May last year, had in its recommendations to the state government, favoured classification of various OBC and Dalit sub-castes into three broad categories, backward, very backward and most backward, and provide quota within quota to them.

Backward classes account for about 44 per cent of the electorate in the state and play a crucial role in making or marring political prospects of any party. The panel’s recommendation is likely to spice up the political scene in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.

Rajbhar had also said that his party can go with the anti-BJP alliance of the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.

In the 2017 Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, the BJP had bagged 312 out of 403 seats, while SBSP had won four seats. Another ally of the coalition, the Apna Dal (Sonelal), had won nine seats.

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