Published: Thu, December 13, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Rajasthan Elections: Proud Of Work Done By BJP, Says Vasundhara Raje

Rajasthan Elections: Proud Of Work Done By BJP, Says Vasundhara Raje

He set out on the national stage this year, and campaigned vigorously for the party in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh across the populous Hindi heartland.

Similarly in the western desert state of Rajasthan - ruled by the BJP's Vasundhara Raje, a maharani or princess - Modi's party was predicted to win 74 seats compared to 97 for Congress.

Also, Sachin Pilot said, "Rahul Gandhi became party president exactly a year ago this day, so this result is a gift for him".

On Tuesday, celebrations erupted outside the Congress party headquarters in New Delhi, with supporters dancing, setting off fircrackers and brandishing posters praising Gandhi.

"We don't agree with the ideology of the Congress".

India will hold nation-wide parliamentary elections early in 2019. While the party is confident of forming government in both the states, its next challenge will be selecting chief ministers in all the three states. The BJP-led government came to power in the state in October 2014. We did not get a majority, will not stake claim to form Government.

In Chhattisgarh, MP and Rajasthan, where 43 percent, 36 percent, and 30 percent, respectively, of seats are reserved for scheduled tribes and scheduled castes, except for Rajasthan, the BJP recorded its worst performance in a decade, while the Congress recorded its best.

"The Congress party has emerged as the single largest party with a majority support". Up until last Tuesday, the BJP would have looked forward to such an unequal fight, in its view, between Pappu and the party's hero with his macho image. This is a shift of power to a "more conservative and vernacular elite" which seems to have escaped the Congress.

The Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) registered a thumping victory in Telangana state, while in Mizoram state, the Mizo National Front trounced the Congress party.

The chorus from the rest of the opposition leaders was similarly enthused. These elections will likely determine the fate of the BJP and Prime Minister Modi.

Voting in the three states was spread over the past two weeks.

In their new book, Ideology and Identity, political scientists Pradeep K Chhibber and Rahul Verma from the University of California, argue that India "is no longer led by a Western-oriented elite and citizens have voted into power politicians closer to their roots, politicians who represent small-town socially conservative values, in the BJP or regional parties".

"The BJP government has damaged most institutions".

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje announced in February 2018 that debts up to Rs 50,000 would be waived, but farmers demanded a full waiver, which the Congress promised.

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