Congress set to win Rajasthan

Congress set to win Rajasthan


New Delhi: In Rajasthan, hoping to oust the BJP from power, the Congress was on Monday leading in 90 seats while the saffron party was ahead in 61 constituencies in trends available for 171 out of the 200 constituencies in the state.

Others were leading in 20 seats.

AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot, who spearheaded the party’s campaign in the state, and Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje were leading from their Sardarpura and Jhalrapatan constituencies respectively.

The ruling Congress was leading in 32 seats while BJP was ahead in 29 constituencies in the Delhi Assembly elections for which trends were available.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and BJP’s chief ministerial candidate V K Malhotra were leading from their constituencies New Delhi and Greater Kailash respectively.

Delhi Assembly speaker Chaudhury Prem Singh, who has never lost an election since 1958, is leading in Ambedkar Nagar while in Jungpura, BJP candidate Manjinder Singh Sirsa is ahead against Congress veteran Tarvinder Singh Marwah.

Ministers A K Walia (Laxmi Nagar) Arvinder Singh Lovely (Gandhi Nagar) and Yoganand Shastri (Mehrauli) were ahead in the race while their colleague Harun Yusuf is trailing in Ballimaran.

The BJP is leading over the Congress in Madhya Pradesh in early trends. Analysts say Shivraj Singh Chouhan could be the next chief minister once again.

It is neck and neck in Chhattisgarh. The BJP is ahead in 37 seats in the state in early trends.

State Congress president Dhanendra Sahu was trailing in Dhalsiwa in Raipur.

Congress leader Ajit Jogi and Renu Jogi were ahead in Marwahi and Kota seats respectively.

Shyama Sharan Shukla’s son Amitesh (Congress) was trailing in Rajim.

Among the constituencies in which BJP is leading are Bilaspur, Ambikapur and Patgaon.

The final results are expected to be out by the evening.

The fate of stalwarts like Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Bharatiya Janashakti chief Uma Bharti would be decided in Madhya Pradesh which witnessed 60% turnout during elections to the 230-member Assembly on 27 November.

The poll outcome in Chhattisgarh would decide whether the BJP led by Chief Minister Raman Singh would retain power. Former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi spearheaded the campaign for Congress in the state, where two-phased polls for 90 seats were held on November 14 and 20.

In the national capital, Sheila Dikshit is seeking a hat-trick for her and the Congress while the BJP is hoping to wrest power on anti-incumbency factor. Delhi, with a 70-member House, went to polls on 29 November.

BJP’s Vasundhara Raje faces a test to retain power in Rajasthan, where elections to the 200-member assembly held on 4 December saw nearly 68% turnout.

In Mizoram, where polling for the 40-member House was held on 29 November, ruling Mizo National Front, opposition Congress and the United Democratic Alliance are locking horns.