Going by the exit poll figures for the state of Rajasthan, the Congress seems well poised to form the next government in the desert state. As far as the vote percentage is concerned, the Congress once again will get a lion’s share of the voting percentage.
Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot, reacting on India Today Exit poll, said, “It’s not just one person. It’s a whole battery of leaders in Rajasthan who gave everything they had. We [Congress] had a sustained campaign for four and a half years. Mr Modi and Amit Shah ji had campaigned in the last three or four days.”
Pilot, shedding light on Bharatiya Janata Party’s efforts in the state, said, “Those days are gone when you can just come and give a speech and people will vote for you. Rahul Gandhi ji started a campaign on August 11 in Jaipur. And that’s when we went full-throttle. We reached every nook and corner of Rajasthan. Mr Gandhi leading from the front, asking those tough questions, making Mr Modi and his government accountable, made the BJP restless. And then they started making all sorts of statements regarding religion, caste, mandir and masjid, which I think backfired on them.”
‘VASUNDHARA TERI KHAIR NAHI, MODI TUJHSE BAIR NAHI’
When asked about the voters in Rajasthan who might still prefer Narendra Modi in 2019 elections, Pilot said, “This a BJP’s propaganda in New Delhi, because they somehow want to dissociate themselves from Vasundhara ji’s performance. The prime minister and Amit Sha cannot keep a distance from her report card. The GST and notebandi [demonetisation] have affected everybody. BJP can’t take solace in the fact that they are losing Rajasthan because of an individual. They must take ownership because it’s the BJP government in the Centre which is adding to the woes of the common man.”
Pilot added, “For five years what the central government do to help Rajasthan? The PM only came to seek votes. The 2019 elections will set a tone for a diffcult times for BJP.”
BOOTH WORKERS – BJP VS CONGRESS
Talking about lessons drawn from the battle in Rajasthan, Pilot spoke on BJP’s panna pramukhs (page in-charge) and how the party has to give them “motorcycles” and some “cash rewards”. He said, “The Congress is motivating young people and strong workers at the booth level and making sure there is a two-way communication. You can’t go into an election campaign three months before polling date. You have to do all the time to create space in the people’s subconscious.”
ASHOK GEHLOT FOR CM AND PILOT FOR DEPUTY CM?
When asked about if he will the chief minister of Rajasthan or not, Pilot said, “The Congress will take a considered decision on as to who will get what position. It’s not important for any of our leaders. We have worked together as a team. Some people cannot fathom the fact that we [Congress] can work together. It upsets a lot of people in the BJP. We have been united and strong and we performed so well. The Congress president will take a view as to who will head the government.”
THROUGH ME OPPOSITION HAS INSULTED ALL FEMALES: VASUNDHARA RAJE
The Vasundhara Raje government has clearly been on the downslide ever since the by-poll results held earlier this year were out. The BJP had massively been trounced in the Ajmer and Alwar Lok Sabha by-polls and the Mandalgarh assembly constituency by-poll losing in all the 17 assembly constituencies across the three seats.
Vasundhara Raje, while speaking with India Today TV, mentioned, “The BJP had campaigned using development as its plank whereas the Congress clearly did not have any issues and that is why it went off track.”
The campaigning during the assembly elections in Rajasthan also witnessed lowbro politics where politicians from different political parties hit out at each other often making personal, casteist remarks taking politics to an abysmally low level.
“The level (of politics) has really gone low. The way males of opposition talk about females, I feel very insulted and I think, through me, they have insulted all females. It shows a very-very backward mindset,” Raje said.
AXIS INDIA TODAY EXIT POLL
After crunching much data, the Axis India Today exit poll results are out.
As per the figures, the Congress is going to win in the desert state hands down. As per the projected figures, the Congress will win anywhere between 119 to 141 seats, which is comfortably above the 100 seats needed for majority. The BJP is projected to get reduced to 55 to 72 seats. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is likely to get 1 to 3 whereas Others will get 3 to 8 seats, as per the exit poll figures.
Going by the exit poll figures for the state of Rajasthan, the Congress seems well poised to form the next government in the desert state. As far as the vote percentage is concerned, the Congress once again will get a lion’s share of the voting percentage. It’s projected to get 42 per cent vote share. The BJP, on the other hand, will get 37 per cent vote share.
The massive anti-incumbency prevailing against the incumbent chief minister Vasundhara Raje has clearly been the BJP’s undoing in the desert state.
The voting in Rajasthan during the 2018 assembly elections clearly has been more of anti-Vasundhara, the incumbent chief minister rather than pro-Congress. The real task for the Congress after the voting is going to be choosing its chief ministerial face given that it comes to power if the numbers are anything to go by.
With both the Sachin Pilot camp and the Ashok Gehlot camp camping for their leaders to become the next chief minister, it can be a difficult task for the party high command to deal with if it does actually get the numbers as projected by the Axis My India exit poll.
Both Pilot and Gehlot had toured extensively to various parts of Rajasthan and campaigned for the various party candidates.
Vasundhara Raje, on the other hand, marred by the prevailing anti-incumbency against her government and her perceived image of being an arrogant, inaccessible and dictatorial chief minister clearly had tried to reach out to the people through her Gaurav Yatra. But as the numbers of the Axis My India exit poll shows, the outreach was too late and clearly not enough.
Apart from the negative image of its chief ministerial candidate Vasundhara Raje, which clearly has been the BJP’s undoing in the desert state, there were several other issues staring the party in the face.
The most prominent one has been that of the farmer distress or the agrarian crisis prevailing in the state. Apart from that, the massive unemployment has been one of the niggling issues as far as the Vasundhara Raje government is concerned. Members of the Rajput and the Brahmin sections of the society were also clearly unhappy with Vasundhara Raje and she seems to have faced their ire during the elections.
Sachin Pilot, the Pradesh Congress Committee Chief in Rajasthan believes that he has worked over the last five years in the state that has taken the party to a situation where it is in a position to form the next Government in the state.
In the run up to the assembly elections in Rajasthan, the desert state has been considered as one where the Congress seems to have the maximum chance of pulling it through out of all the five states that went to polls. However, whether the Congress is able to keep its flock together and make a smooth transition to power is something which time can only tell.