The Congress on Tuesday was set to wrest Rajasthan from the BJP in the 2018 assembly polls.

The Congress won 99 seats, BJP won 73 and BSP won 6 seats out of the 199 seats that went to polls. A minimum 101 seats are needed to form a government in the House of 200.

Election in Alwar’s Ramgarh constituency was postponed due to the death of the Bahujan Samaj Party candidate Laxman Singh and next date of election will be notified later.

The newly-elected Congress legislators to meet Wednesday morning to pick the chief minister.

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Rajasthan revenue minister loses Pachpadra seat

BJP candidate and Rajasthan revenue minister Amra Ram loses Pachpadra seat to Congress candidate Madan Prajapat by a margin of 2,395 seats

Congress wins 5, leading in 98; BJP wins 4, leading in 64

The Congress party has won five seats and leading in 98 seats while the ruling BJP has won four and leading in 64 seats out of the 199 seats that went to polls.

Congress candidates Johri Lal Meena (Rajgarh-Laxmangarh), Madan Prajapapat (Pachpadra), Zahida Khan (Kaman), Ramlal Jat (Mandal) and Prashant Bairwa (Niwai) won, while BJP’s Santosh (Anupgarh), Kaluram (Dag), Sama Ram Garaisa (Pindwara-Abu), Jagsi Ram (Reodar) won.

Kailash Meghwal registered a victory margin of 74,542 votes on Shahpura seat of Bhilwara

Rajasthan Assembly Speaker Kailash Meghwal registered a thumping victory in the state polls by defeating his nearest rival with a record 74,542 votes. The five-time MLA defeated Congress candidate Mahaveer Prasad from Shahpura seat of Bhilwara constituency. Meghwal (84) was pitted by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the second time from Shahpura seat. He had won the 2013 assembly election by a margin of 43,666 votes.

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Congress legislative party meeting tomorrow morning in Jaipur

The Congress in Rajasthan will hold its legislature party meeting on Wednesday to decide on who will be the chief minister."The Congress Legislature Party meeting will take place tomorrow. AICC general secretary K C Venugopal has arrived for the meeting," state Congress chief chief Sachin Pilot said.

The Congress’ choice for the chief minister’s post is likely to be announced after consultation with party president Rahul Gandhi. Former chief minister Ashok Gehlot and Pilot are frontrunners for the coveted post.

Congress wins 3 seats, leading in 99

Congress won three seats and leading on 99 seats while BJP won four seats and leading on 66 seats in Rajasthan assembly polls.BSP is leading on 6, CPM 2, independents 12, and other party candidates on 7, according to the election commission’s website. Congress candidates Madan Prajapapat (Pachpadra), Johri Lal (Rajgarh-Laxmangarh) and Zahida (Kaman) won while BJP’s Santosh Bawri (Anupgarh), Kaluram (Dug), Samaram (Pindwara), Jagsiram (Reodar) won.

-BJP candidate and Rajasthan Revenue Minister Amra Ram has lost Pachpadra seat to Congress candidate Madan Prajapat by a margin of 2,395 seats.

-Trends till 3pm: BJP wins four seats, BSP one. Overall, Congress is leading in 103 seats, BJP 69, BSP 6 and Others 21.

-Sachin Pilot reaches Khasa Kothi to meet Congress observer Venugopal, Rajasthan in charge Avinash Pande and four co incharges. Gehlot also reaching there soon.

-Rajasthan assembly speaker Kailash Meghwal has won by a record 74,542 votes in Bhilwara’s Shahpura seat.

Congress leaders Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot win

Senior Congress leader and former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot has won from Sardarpura seat while Sachin Pilot has won from Tonk constituency.

CM Vasundhara Raje wins from Jhalrapatan seat in Rajasthan

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje has won from Jhalrapatan seat in Rajasthan. Meanwhile, the results of 34 seats have been declared in Rajasthan with Cong winning 20, BJP winning11 and BSP winning 3 seats and others 2 in Rajasthan assembly in 2018.

BJP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Kakade said he knew the party would lose in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh but trends in Madhya Pradesh have come as a surprise. “I think we forgot the issue of development that Modi took up in 2014. Ram Mandir, statues & name changing became the focus," Kakade said.

Sachin Pilot in talks with 8 independents: ANI

Congress’ Sachin Pilot in talks with 8 independents in Rajasthan, according to news agency ANI.

Congress leading in 102 seats, BJP 72

The Congress was leading in 102 seats leaving behind the BJP which was ahead in 72 seats in Rajasthan, poll officials said.The CPM was leading in two seats, the BSP in six seats and independents in 12 seats and others on four seats, they said. Several ministers, including state Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria and Transport Minister Yoonus Khan, were trailing in the initial round of counting.

Besides them, Social Justice Minister Arun Chaturvedi (Civil lines), Water Resources Minister Rampratap (Hanumangarh) Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal saini (Anta), UDH Minister Srichand Kriplani (Nimahera), Gopalan Minster Otaram Devasi (Sirohi seat), Cooperative Minister Ajay Singh (Degana) are trailing.

Ministers who are leading are—Health Minister Kalicharan (Malvia nagar), Panchayti Raj Minister Rajendra Rathore (Churu), speaker Kailash Meghwal (Shahpura), Education Minister Vasudev Devnani (Ajmer north) area.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is leading in Jhalrapatan constituency with a margin of over 17,327 votes. Congress candidate and veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh is trailing. PCC president Sachin Pilot and Rajasthan former chief minister Ashok Gehlot are leading in Tonk and Sardarpura seats, respectively. PTI

Congress has won the mandate: Ashok Gehlot

“Congress has won the mandate. Numbers can go up and down but public’s mandate is in the favour of Congress. We will get clear majority, still we would want independent candidates and parties other than BJP to support us if they want," says Ashok Gehlot, quoted by ANI

Congress leads in Rajasthan: Official ECI trends

Official ECI trends show Congress leading on 99 seats, BJP leading on 79 seats, BSP on 2, CPM on 2 and others on 16 seats in Rajasthan

Election Results 2018: “People voted against BJP," says Mamata Banerjee

“People voted against BJP. This is people’s verdict, victory of democracy over injustice," says Mamata Banerjee, quoted by news agency PTI.

Assembly Election Results 2018: “This is real indication of final match in 2019": Mamata Banerjee

“This is real indication of final match in 2019. People are always ‘man of the match’ in democracy," says West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

Congress leader Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot are confident that Congress party will form the government in Rajasthan. Photo: PTI
Congress leader Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot are confident that Congress party will form the government in Rajasthan. Photo: PTI

Headed for victory in 3 states; trend to continue in rest of India: Sachin Pilot

Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot exuded confidence that the party will form the government in the state and Rahul Gandhi as well as party’s MLAs will decide on who will be the chief minister.He said the Congress was marching towards victory in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh and the trend would continue in the future in the rest of India."People have blessed us. We should get a comfortable majority in Rajasthan," Pilot told. Asserting that it is a decisive day today, Pilot recalled that exactly a year ago Gandhi became the chief of the party."What could be a better gift to him than victory in these states," Pilot said. PTI

Congress will form government in Rajasthan: Ashok Gehlot

Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said he was confident that his party will form the government in Rajasthan and decision on the chief minister’s post will be taken by Rahul Gandhi.He also credited Gandhi for the party’s good performance in all the five states, including Rajasthan.

“We are confident that the Congress will get a clear majority and will for its government in Rajasthan," Gehlot told PTI.

Trends make it clear that Congress is forming government in Rajasthan: Sachin Pilot

Trends make it clear that Congress is forming government in Rajasthan with full majority, we had 21 seats last time. We should wait for the final numbers. Congress leadership and MLAs will decide who will get what role, reports ANI quotes Congress leader Sachin Pilot as saying

This result is a gift for Rahul Gandhi: Sachin Pilot

“Rahul Gandhi became party president exactly a year ago this day, so this result is a gift for him. Congress will form government in three states," said Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot.

Rahul Gandhi will take call on CM post: Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan’s former chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that Congress President Rahul Gandhi will take the decision on who will be the chief minister of the state

Discuss throw gold medallist in 2010 Commonwealth leading from Sadulpur

Congress candidate and discus throw gold medallist in the 2010 Commonwealth Games Krishna Poonia is leading in the Sadulpur constituency by 646 votes.

-Official ECI trends: Congress leading on 91 seats, BJP leading on 71 seats, others on 22 seats in Rajasthan

Elated Congress workers are celebrating outside party office. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Elated Congress workers are celebrating outside party office. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint

Congress races ahead in Rajasthan, 12 BJP ministers trailing

Early trends indicated that the Congress was headed for a majority in Rajasthan, taking the lead in 89 seats while the ruling BJP is ahead in 62 constituencies, with 12 of its ministers trailing behind their rivals. State Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria and Transport Minister Yoonus Khan are among those trailing after the initial rounds of counting, according to the state election commission’s website. Independents are leading in 10 seats and candidates of other parties are ahead in five seats. The BSP is leading in one seat, and the CPIM in two. Ministers who are trailing are -- Home Minister Gulab Chand Kataria (Udaipur), Transport Minister Yoonus Khan (Tonk), Social Justice Minister Arun Chaturvedi (Civil Lines), Water Resources Minister Rampratap (Hanumangarh), Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini (Anta), UDH Minister Srichand Kriplani (Nimahera), Gaupalan Minister Otaram Devasi (Sirohi seat), Health Minister Kalicharan (Malvia Nagar), Cooperative Minister Ajay Singh (Degana), Mines Minister Surendra Pal Singh (Karanpura), Higher Education Minister Kiran Maheshwari (Rajsamand) and Industry Minister Rajpal Singh (Jhotwara). Former minister Gajendra Singh is trailing in Lohawat. Panchayati Raj Minister Rajendra Rathore is leading in Churu with a margin of 1,157 votes. PTI

BJP state office in Jaipur. Photo: ANI
BJP state office in Jaipur. Photo: ANI

-Official ECI trends: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje leading by 8845 votes from Jhalrapatan, Congress’ Ashok Gehlot leading by 5112 votes from Sardarpura, Congress’ Sachin Pilot leading by 5295 votes from Tonk

-RLP candidate Hanuman Beniwal is leading in Khinwsar.

Congress ahead in Rajasthan, as per official ECI trends

Official ECI trends: Congress leading on 82 seats, BJP leading on 62 seats, others on 21 seats in Rajasthan.

Congress takes early lead in Rajasthan, several ministers trailing

The Congress is leading in 61 seats, while the BJP is ahead in 45 seats in the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly, according to the state election commission’s website. Several state ministers are trailing behind their rivals after the initial rounds of counting. Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is leading in the Jhalrapatan constituency. The Congress has fielded veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh’s son Manvendra Singh from the seat. PTI

Gajendra Singh trailing in Lohawat seat

Rajasthan Environment Minister Gajendra Singh trailing by a margin of 1,375 votes in Lohawat

Congress ahead in Rajasthan: Official ECI trends

Official ECI trends show Congress leading on 63 seats, BJP leading on 45 seats, others on 15 seats in Rajasthan.

Former CM Gehlot leading in Sardarpura

Former CM and Congress candidate Ashok Gehlot leading with a margin of 5,112 votes in Rajasthan’s Sardarpura constutuency. Rajasthan’s Agriculture Minister Prabhu Lal Saini trailing by 1,167 votes in the Anta seat. Rajasthan’s UDH Minister Srichand Kriplani trails by 321 votes in Nimahera constituency.

Rajasthan’s Social Justice Minister Arun Chaturvedi trailing by a margin of 2,467 votes in the civil lines constituency in Jaipur.

The Rajasthan election results will be a test for BJP CM Vasundhara Raje, and her Congress rival Sachin Pilot.
The Rajasthan election results will be a test for BJP CM Vasundhara Raje, and her Congress rival Sachin Pilot.

Sachin Pilot gains lead in his constituency Tonk

As per early trends, Congress Rajasthan President Sachin Pilot is leading from Tonk seat with a margin of 2007 votes. BJP candidate and Transport Minister Yoonus Khan trailing. In Jaipur, Congress workers celebrate outside Sachin Pilot’s residence as initial trends show the party leading. Congress candidate and Commonwealth gold medallist Krishna Poonia is leading in Rajasthan’s Sadulpur constituency with a margin of 646 votes in first round of counting.

Early trends show Congress leading in Rajasthan

Early trends from the counting of votes for Rajasthan election results shows Congress leading in 36 seats. The Vasundhara Raje-led BJP is ahead on 26 seats.

Congress workers brought firecrackers to party office in Jaipur after early trends show Congress leading in Rajasthan.

Vasundhara Raje gains lead in her constituency Jhalrapatan, as per early trends

Early trends show Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje taking lead in her constituency Jhalrapatan.with a margin of 4055 votes. Congress candidate Manvendra Singh trailing.

Counting of votes begins in Rajasthan

The counting of votes began in Rajasthan amid tight security. As many as 35 centres have been set up in the state. Except Jaipur and Jodhpur where there are two counting centres and each district has one centre. CCTV cameras have been installed at nearly 40 counting centres to keep a close watch on the counting process

BJP vs Congress

The BJP and Congress are the main political parties in the state. Both the parties have claimed that they will emerge victorious in the elections. Among BJP’s heavyweights whose fate will be decided on Tuesday is Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. The outgoing chief minister is seeking re-election from Jhalrapatan assembly seat. Among Congress’ bigwigs in fray are former chief minister Ashok Gehlot from Sardarpura and Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot from Tonk.

Vasundhara Raje is seeking re-election from Jhalrapatan assembly seat. Photo: PTI
Vasundhara Raje is seeking re-election from Jhalrapatan assembly seat. Photo: PTI

Vasundhara Raje leaves for Tripura Sundari temple ahead of counting

Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara leaves for Tripura Sundari temple in Banswara to pray before the counting for Rajasthan elections 2018 begins.

101 seats needed to form the govt in Rajasthan

In Rajasthan, a party needs 101 seats to form government and the BJP says it is confident of a return to power. The Congress is banking on anti-incumbency and is hoping to return to power after spending five years in the opposition

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Rajasthan, the ‘swing state’

Rajasthan is known as a swing state and if we look at the history of the state, we can say Rajasthan has a tradition of changing governments every election. Since 1998, the state has alternated between the Congress and the BJP. Neither party has been able to retain power for consecutive terms. The last time a party won back-to-back assembly elections in Rajasthan was in 1993 when the BJP won the state polls.

Rajasthan had a single phase polling on 7 December for its 200-member assembly. There were as many as 2,274 candidates. The counting of votes will take place on December 11. CM Vasundhara Raje is contesting from Jhalrapatan against Congress’ Manvendra Singh, son of veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh. Pradesh Congress Committee chief Sachin Pilot from Tonk, whereas Gehlot is contesting from Sardarpura.

Rajasthan records voter turnout of 74.21 per cent

Rajasthan has recorded a turnout of 74.21 per cent in the Assembly election on 7 December, around 1.02 percentage point less than a turnout of 75.23 per cent in 2013. The polling percentage of female voters was higher (74.66) as compared to male voters (73.80), according to the final-voter turnout released by the election commission.

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Rajasthan has a total of 4.74-crore electorate, that included 2.47-crore males and 2.27-crore females. Photo: AFP
Rajasthan has a total of 4.74-crore electorate, that included 2.47-crore males and 2.27-crore females. Photo: AFP

The state has a total of 4.74-crore electorate, that included 2.47-crore males and 2.27-crore females. Pokaran constituency in Jaisalmer district recorded the highest turnout of 87.47 per cent, whereas the lowest turnout was in Marwar Junction seat of Pali district.

In 2013, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) registered a massive mandate and won 163 assembly seats.

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