Jaipur, October 7: Poll bugle has been sounded in Rajasthan as the state is set to go to polls in December, 2018. With barely few weeks for the assembly elections to be contested, it is noteworthy to recall the results of last legislative polls, held in 2013.
Rajasthan, part of the Hindi heartland which holds the pulse of Indian national politics, is comprised of 200 assembly segments. Polls in this state, held usually four months before the general elections, are tagged as the "semifinal" to the battle for the Lok Sabha. Check Full Schedule and Dates of Upcoming Assembly Polls.
Rajasthan Assembly Elections Results 2013 — Party-wise Vote Share Distribution and Electoral Standings in Last Polls
- In the last assembly elections, Rajasthan was gripped under the Narendra Modi wave -- who was then the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
- Vasundhara Raje, member of the erstwhile Royal family, was projected as the chief ministerial candidate by the party.
- The incumbent Congress regime led by veteran Ashok Gehlot was facing an anti-incumbency factor.
- Infighting within the Congress further weakened the party moving into the polls.
- The results dealt a massive blow for the Congress as the BJP emerged victorious with a four-fifth majority.
The pro-BJP wave had subsequently intensified moving into the Lok Sabha elections held in April-May, 2014. The party registered a victory on all 25 parliamentary seats in Rajasthan. Opinion Poll Predicts Congress' Victory in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh Assembly Elections 2018.
This time, however, the opinion polls have predicted a reversal of sorts, with the latest ABP News-CVoter survey claiming that the Congress would win 142 seats with a 50 per cent vote share, whereas, the BJP would be reduced to 56 constituencies with an electoral share of 34 per cent.