Rajasthan elections: Congress focuses on its work as BJP fields MPs amid party infighting 


Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a press conference with Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, at the AICC Headquarters, in New Delhi (ANI)

The Congress will begin its election campaign for the upcoming assembly election in Rajasthan from October 16 with “Kaam kiya dil se, Congress fir se” as its slogan

Our Bureau
Jaipur/New Delhi

The Congress Central Election Committee (CEC) is scheduled to convene on October 17 to deliberate on the selection of candidates for the upcoming Rajasthan Assembly elections, slated to take place on November 25. The Rajasthan Assembly consists of 200 constituencies that will be contested. Since its formation, the state has been dominated by the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Congress secured a victory in the last elections in 2018 with 101 seats.

The party is yet to release its list of candidates while the opposition in the state- Bharatiya Janata Party has released its first list fielding as many as 7 MPs in the assembly polls. The seven MPs include Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who will contest from Jhotwara, Diya Kumari from Vidhyadhar Nagar, Baba Balaknath from Tijara, Hansraj Meena from Sapotra and Kirodi Lal Meena to contest from Sawai Madhopur.

The Congress will begin its election campaign for the upcoming assembly election in Rajasthan from October 16 with “Kaam kiya dil se, Congress fir se” as its slogan, state party president Govind Singh Dotasra said on Sunday.

Dotasra, while addressing the media after the meeting of the State Congress War Room, said that the party will keep the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP) on its priority list and start campaigning from Baran district and cover 12 districts of eastern Rajasthan where the canal is proposed for meeting out drinking and irrigation water for the people.

But Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal on Thursday stated on Thursday that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will secure a resounding victory in the Rajasthan assembly elections. “The BJP will win the Rajasthan assembly polls with a huge majority. This is for sure”, Meghwal said while speaking to ANI in Rajasthan’s Jaipur.

Additionally, Meghwal took the opportunity to criticize Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot for his remarks about the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “I do not know what he says. It is his job. But look at Congress’s history, not that they never fielded their MPs for an election. Every party has a different policy for elections state-wise. And the BJP workers are unanimous regarding this”, the union minister said.

Earlier, Chief Minister Gehlot suggested that the BJP had already acknowledged its impending defeat in the state elections. He questioned the continued visits of Prime Minister Modi to the state, speculating on whether such visits would translate into long-term investments in institutions like colleges and infrastructure.

“…PM Modi keeps visiting states again and again…after the election, will PM Modi come and open colleges here?… Will he come and make roads here? What will PM Modi do? They (BJP) can’t decide a face here, they gave tickets to 9 MPs and I consider this as their biggest failure…this means they have accepted defeat”, CM Gehlot said while addressing a public gathering in Rajasthan’s Churu.

On reports of unrest in the BJP over ticket distribution in Rajasthan, Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said, “Our team has been formed for damage control. We will take a grip over it. We are working for it day and night”.

The BJP is leaving no stone unturned to emerge victorious in the five states, going to poll next month. As a part of it, it pitted MPs including Union Ministers in the states of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.

After Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot claimed that the Bhartiya Janta Party had accepted defeat in the upcoming state polls, BJP leader Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore reacted sharply to Gehlot’s statement, saying that even if Congress brings Rahul Gandhi as a candidate in Rajasthan, the BJP will still win.

He further said that the BJP is having difficulty deciding a face for there party in Rajasthan. They have given tickets to MPs, and I consider this their biggest failure. “This means they have accepted defeat”, CM Gehlot said.

Responding to Ashok Gehlot’s statement, Rathore said, “Why is Ashok Gehlot so afraid… The election is between the political parties, so let the Congress contest with their best team, and we (the BJP) will contest with our best team. We are not questioning who Congress is contesting the elections with; let them bring Rahul Gandhi as well, and we will still win double the seats.”

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