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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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Ballia (Uttar Pradesh) | Uttar Pradesh cabinet minister and Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP) president Om Prakash Rajbhar has announced he will not attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally in Ghazipur, slated for December 29.

Rajbhar, who represents the Zahoorabad assembly constituency in Ghazipur district, is the Backward Class Welfare and Divyangjan Empowerment minister in the state government. His SBSP is an ally of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh. “I will not attend the December 29 programme of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ghazipur,” Om Prakash told reporters here Saturday.

The prime minister is to visit Uttar Pradesh on December 29 to issue a commemorative postal stamp on backward caste Maharaja Suheldev Rajbhar and lay the foundation stone of infrastructure projects in Ghazipur.

An MLA from a constituency falling in Ghazipur and also a part of the state government, Rajbhar claimed he was never invited at the programmes of the prime minister held in that district and other parts of Poorvanchal.

Asked if he plans to go alone in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Rajbhar said, “In case, there is no seat-sharing agreement with the BJP, the SBSP will contest on all 80 Lok Sabha seats from UP and 16 seats from Bihar.”

The SBSP chief said his party is preparing to contest the polls on its own.

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New Delhi| Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar has raised concerns over the allegations on the Modi government regarding CAG report in Rafale deal. He was talking to reporters here.

He said that the SC judgment says the decision is based on the basis of information they got from Government. “The Government told them that CAG has studied it & Public Accounts Committee has also approved, those things are not correct,” said Pawar.

His statement came after senior Congress leader and PAC chairman Mallikarjun Kharge said that the government lied in the Supreme Court about the CAG report.

 

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Subramanian Swamy said, “PAC Chairman Mallikarjun Kharge saying he has not got CAG report then we have to take his word.”

 

New Delhi| The CAG report cited in the Supreme Court’s Rafale judgment has caused a lot of uproars from the opposition. While the opposition has attacked the government for lying about the CAG report in the Supreme  Court, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy has asked opposition leader Mallikarjun Kharge to file an affidavit in the court.

Talking to a news agency, he said, “PAC Chairman Mallikarjun Kharge saying he has not got CAG report then we have to take his word.” He further suggested that Kharge should file an affidavit or a review petition in the Supreme Court. “He should file affidavit or review petition in court saying I did not receive and the committee has not examined it,” Swamy said.


Earlier today, Kharge slammed the government for allegedly lying to the SC about CAG report in Rafale deal. He said the PAC had not received any such document. He also said the committee will summon Attorney General and CAG for further inquiry in the matter.

The Supreme Court in its verdict on Friday said that there was no occasion to believe that there were wrong-doings in the Rafale deal. The ruling BJP following the ruling had demanded an apology from Congress President Rahul Gandhi.

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