New Delhi, December 7: With the five-state assembly elections coming to an end, news channels, in coordination with their respective research agencies, wil release the exit poll predictions today. Although the academic exercise may not be reflective of the actual outcome, it gives an insight on the electorate's voting pattern -- hinting which party is likely to form the next government. Stay tuned above for the exit poll of Rajasthan assembly elections 2018.
The prominent channels-agencies which will release post-election surveys are ABP News-CSDS, News 24-Chanakya, India Today-Axis and Times Now-CNX. As per the guidelines issued by the Election Commission of India (ECI), media outlets are barred from publishing the exit poll predictions before 5:30pm -- since voting at some of the polling booths is extended beyond the stipulated time for a few minutes. Rajasthan Assembly Elections 2018: Vasundhara Raje, Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot – Profiles of 3 CM Probables in Fray.
Rajasthan and Telangana are the final set of states which went to polls in this round of the elections. In the former, a total of 199 seats of the legislative assembly were contested -- polls in 1 constituency was deferred due to the death one of the candidates. The primarily battle was wedged between the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the opposition Congress.
Ahead of the polls, the Congress was given a clear edge by the pollsters, predicting the party to oust the Vasundhara Raje-led government in the state. The average of major opinion polls predicted 120-140 seats for the Congress, whereas, the BJP was predicted to be restricted between 50-70 seats.
Notably, the saffron party moved into the elections projecting its incumbent CM Vasundhara Raje as the chief ministerial candidate. The Congress, however, had refrained to announced its CM nominee ahead of the polls -- which experts attribute to the fear of in-fighting within its state unit.
Results of 2013 Rajasthan Assembly Elections
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In the last assembly polls, the BJP had emerged victorious with a thumping a three-fourth majority. The Congress, which was then the incumbent ruling party, was reduced to 21 seats. The rout was followed by another devastating loss in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections -- when the Congress was defeated in all 25 parliamentary constituencies of the state.