Rajasthan election 2018 Updates: Ashok Gehlot likely to be the CM

New Delhi: Nearly 20,000 government staff are deployed for counting of votes for the Rajasthan Assembly elections on Tuesday.

Counting will take place at 35 centres including two centres each in Jaipur and Jodhpur, Rajasthan Chief Election Officer Anand Kumar told reporters on Monday.

The Chief Election Office (CEO) has completed all preparations ahead of counting of votes on Tuesday for the polls, he said

Voting for 199 of the total 200 assembly seats in the state took place on December 7.

Kumar said ample security arrangements have been made at the counting centres and nearby locations, with a three-layered security in place.

He said the counting process will start with postal ballots and then EVMs.

Voting trends and result will be telecast at public places for the first time in the state through 350 LED screens, he added.

In 2013 assembly election, BJP had won 163 seats, Congress 21, BSP 3, NPP 4 and independents and others 9 seats.

After bypolls in the state, BJP presently holds 160 seats, Congress 25, BSP 2 and NPP 3 seats.

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6:25pm: Raje wins Jhalrapatan seat, defeats Manvendra Singh

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje won the Jhalrapatan assembly constituency for the fifth consecutive term on Tuesday, defeating Congress candidate Manvendra Singh.

Raje won with a margin of 34,890 votes against Singh who had left the party in September and joined the Congress on October 17.

6:22pm: Congress to hold strategy meet tomorrow

Congress has called a meeting of its Legislative body tomorrow at 11 am in Jaipur. Elected MLAs and senior functionaries to meet to chart the next stage.

“All issues will be decided asap,” says Congress MP, KC Venugopal.

6:03pm: Congress all smiles in Jaipur

The Congress contingent is beaming. Their hard work has borne fruit. See pictures here:

5:35pm: Gehlot frontrunner for CM post: Sources

Reports suggest Ashok Gehlot will likely be the CM in Rajasthan. Will experience win over fresh blood?

5:30pm: Kailash Meghwal elected by whopping 74,542 votes

Rajasthan Assembly Speaker Kailash Meghwal Tuesday registered a thumping victory in the state polls by defeating his nearest rival with a record 74,542 votes.

5:28pm: Rajasthan’s Gaupalan Minister Otaram loses to independent

Rajasthan’s Gaupalan (Cow Welfare) Minister Otaram has lost the Sirohi seat to independent candidate Sanyam Lodha with a margin of 10,253 votes. Lodha is a Congress rebel.

4:34pm: Rajasthan’s Water Resources Minister Ram Pratap loses

Rajasthan’s Water Resources Minister and BJP leader Rampratap has lost the Hanumangarh seat to Congress candidate Vinod Kumar with a margin of 15,522 votes.

4:19pm: Sachin Pilot wins in Tonk with a margin of 54,179 votes

Congress stalwart Sachin Pilot has won from his seat. Pilot was contesting the election from Tonk. Despite facing tough competition from the BJP’s only Muslim candidate Yunus Khan, in a Muslim majority constituency, we can say Pilot had a successful flight!

Tweeting out the result, Pilot thanked the people of Tonk for giving him a historic mandate. This is the first time he was contesting in assembly elections.

3:10pm: Murmurs of dissent in BJP grow strong after poll jolt

Expressing dissatisfaction with the election results, BJP Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Kakade said, “I knew we would lose in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh but MP trends 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.”

3:05pm: Sachin Pilot wins from Tonk Assembly constituency

Congress’ Chief Minister face Sachin Pilot wins from Tonk Assembly constituency. Earlier, he said that he was in talks with the party leadership fr a government formation in the state.

3:04pm: Vasundhara Raje wins from Jhalrapatan seat

Incumbent Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje retains her Jhalrapatan seat for the fourth time in a rwo. She defeated Congress’ Manvendra Singh.

2:55pm: Congress’ CM face Ashok Gehlot wins from Sardarpura constituency

Congress’ Ashok Gehlot wins Sardarpura. He is the probable CM face of the Congress party. Gehlot has, however, maintained that the decision to choose CM lies with Rahul Gandhi.

2:03pm: BJP leads in Bassi, Bagru, Amber and Chomu

In Bassi, Independent candidate Laxman Meena is leading over the BJP’s Kanhaiya Lal.In Bagru, BJP candidate Kailash Chand Verma is leading by around 2,000 votes over Congress’s Ganga Devi. In Amber, the BJP is leading over the Congress by more than 6,000 votes. In Chomu constituency, BJP’s Ramlal Sharma is leading over Congress candidate Bhagwan Singh Saini.

1:48pm: Shahpura sees BJP lead

Shahpura seat gives a better lead for the BJP as its candidate Kailash Chandra Meghwal is leading over Congress’s Mahaveer Prasad by over 51,000 votes.

In touch with Rahul Gandhi, says Sachin Pilot

Pilot says in touch with Rahul Gandhi, says, “we are all working in tandem to ensure that Congress forms government in all the three states”- Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh

1:44pm: Congress leading in pink city Jaipur

Congress leading in 6 of 12 seats in Jaipur district, BJP in 4, Independents in 2.

1:37pm: Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot to hold press conference soon

As the Congress slowly inches towards the majority mark in Rajasthan, party leaders Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot will hold a press conference soon.

They will likely be talking about gathering the support of independents for the Congress to take it past the magic number of 100.

1:22pm: Sachin Pilot holds press conference in Jaipur

The Congress in Rajasthan is preparing to form the government, even if the numbers are not a clear majority.

Sachin Pilot said, “We are in touch with anti-BJP candidates (winners). From CPM to BSP to other parties, we request whoever worked against BJP, to contact us. We are in touch with most already.”

“People have outright rejected BJP in Rajasthan,” he said.

“The BJP government has damaged most institutions. The people have spoken. Seeking votes on religion will not work,” Pilot asserted.

12:56pm: Sachin Pilot to meet with MLAs on Wednesday

“Non BJP independent MLAs, who share the same ideology as Congress, I’m in touch with all of them, especially those who are against the BJP, I’m in touch with all of them, we will get them on board, the mandate is against the BJP. Tomorrow there will be an MLAs meeting,” says Congress leader Sachin Pilot.

12:51pm: Congress’s Sachin Pilot in talks with eight independents

Congress’s Sachin Pilot in talks with eight independents in Rajasthan, reports news agency ANI citing sources. Pilot is leading from his constituency of Tonk.

12:29pm: ‘Self-reflection is needed’, says Shiv Sena

“I won’t say these are victories of Congress but this is an anger of the people. Self-reflection is needed,” says Sanjay Raut of Shiv Sena, while commenting on Assembly Election results

12:12pm: We will get clear majority, says Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan: “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 & parties other than BJP to support us if they want,” says Congress leader Ashok Gehlot.

11:42am: First victory in Rajasthan: Samaram Garasiya of BJP wins from Pindwara

First result from Rajasthan. Samaram Garasiya of BJP wins from Pindwara seat in Sirohi district. The Congress is still ahead in the state on 102 states, as per reports.

11:38am: Semifinal proves that BJP is nowhere in all the states: Mamata Banejree

Rajasthan BJP debacle: “Semifinal proves that BJP is nowhere in all the states. This is a real democratic indication of 2019 final match. Ultimately, people are always the ‘man of the match’ of democracy. My congrats to the winners,” West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee tweets.

11:22am: Victory biggest gift to Rahul Gandhi: Sachin Pilot

“Trends make it clear that Congress is forming a 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,”says Congress’CM probable Sachin Pilot. He added that the victory in Rajasthan is a gift to Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who became party chief on the same day last year.

11:02am: Be assured that a Congress government will be formed in Rajasthan: Gehlot

Be assured that a Congress government will be formed in Rajasthan, says Congress’ Chief Ministerial candidate Ashok Gehlot. He is leading from Sardarpura constituency of Rajasthan.

10:40 amOf course there is anti-incumbency in state, says Sambit Patra

Of course there as anti-incumbency in the state, admits BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra. Here are the visuals of a deserted BJP office from Jaipur.

10:39am: Sachin Pilot, the Congress stalwart in Rajasthan is expected to reach party office in Jaipur by noon.

If PCC president Sachin Pilot wins the elections, it would be an excellent achievement for a young leader who was handed over a party which was never expected to rise again in January 2014.

10:35am: Official ECI trends show Raje, Pilot and Gehlot leading

Official ECI trends: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje leading by 8,845 votes from Jhalrapatan, Congress’s Ashok Gehlot leading by 5,112 votes from Sardarpura, Congress’s Sachin Pilot leading by 5,295 votes from Tonk.

Athlete Krishna Poonia racing ahead in Sadulpur

Congress candidate and Commonwealth gold medallist Krishna Poonia leading in Rajasthan’s Sadulpur constituency with a margin of 646 votes in first round of counting.

10:32am: Raje, Gehlot, Pilot take leads

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, reports news agency ANI, citing Election Commission of India figures.

10:19am: Congress leading on 82 seats, BJP 62- ECI official numbers

According to the latest trends by the Election Commission of India ECI trends, Congress leading on 82 seats, BJP leading on 62 seats, others on 21 seats in Rajasthan.

10:11am: ‘Early trends, hope to perform well’, says Rajnath Singh

These are early trends. We hope to perform well, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh on the Assembly Election results in five states- Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Telangana and Mizoram

10:06am: Meanwhile, Congress workers start celebrations outside Delhi office

Congress party workers have already started celebrating in the national capital as early trends give Congress an advantage over the BJP in three states.

10:05am: Early trends have not been too favourable for the Bharatiya Janata Party. The party is neck and neck in Madhya Pradesh, trailing in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, last in Telangana and is yet to open its account in Mizoram.

Now, PM Modi has called a meeting of the BJP core group at 10.30 pm to evaluate the results of the five states elections.

09:47am: CM and CM probable: Vasundhara Raje, Ashok Gehlot take leads

Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje leading by 4055 votes from Jhalrapatan, Congress’ Ashok Gehlot leading by 5112 votes from Sardarpura, reports news agency ANI.

9:33am: BJP’s Gulab Chand Kataria trailing in Udaipur

Rajasthan home minister Gulab Chand Kataria is trailing in Udaipur. He is standing against Congress’s Girija Vyas, who has been the president of the National Commission for Women previously.

9:19am: Leads in for 162 seats, Congress still going strong

The Congress wave is holding in the early trends. The party is leading in 94 of 199 seats. BJP limping at 65 seats. The others have finally opened their accounts with leads in 3 seats.

9:15am: BJP gaining strength after an early setback

After an early lag, the BJP is slowly gaining strength in Rajasthan. At the time of the update, the BJP was leading on 65 seats, and the Congress took a lead on 74 seats. According to official records of the Election Commission of India (ECI) trends: Congress is leading on 7 seats and BJP leading on 6 seats in Rajasthan.

9:02am: Sachin Pilot, Ashok Gehlot lead from Tonk, Sardarpura

Congress Rajasthan President Sachin Pilot takes a lead from Tonk constituency. Ashok Gehlot leads from Sardarpura. The two leaders are contenders for Rajasthan Chief Minister post in the Congress party.

8:56am: Congress’ Digvijay Singh confident of forming govt

“People are unhappy with the government in Rajasthan. These are early trends. The real trends should start coming in only after 12 noon. but Congress will form a government in Rajasthan,” says Congress leader Digvijay Singh.

08:42am: Congress leads on 30 seats, BJP 15

Congress leads on 30 seats, BJP 15. Congress workers begin celebrating in Jaipur. Early trends have shown a Congress lead in the state that has been ruled by the BJP under Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. The early numbers are being viewed as Congress’ inroads in the state.

08:28am: Raje, Gehlot and Pilot — all three are leading

Vasundhara Raje leading from Jhalrapatan.

Ashok Gehlot leading from Sardarpura.

Sachin Pilot leading from Tonk.

08:27am: Congress racing ahead of BJP in Rajasthan

Early trends indicate what exit polls have predicted. Counting of postal ballots suggests that Congress is leading in 7 seats, while the BJP is leading in 5 seats as of now.

08:25am: Congress works perform hawan outside Rahul Gandhi’s Delhi residence

Visuals from news agency ANI show party workers performing a ‘hawan’ outside Congress President Rahul Gandhi’s residence in the national capital.

08:16am: Not far behind, the postal ballots have given one lead to the Congress. Now the numbers stand, BJP – 1, Congress – 1

08:15am: The first leads are in from the postal ballots. The first lead has gone to BJP.

08:04am:  Counting of votes begins

Counting of votes for Rajasthan Assembly elections 2018 begins.  It has also begun for the other four states — Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Mizoram and Chhattisgarh — which went to polls recently.

7:16am: Quick facts about the Rajasthan elections 

Incumbent government: BJP

Number of seats: 199 (elections delayed on 1 seat)

Number of candidates: 2,274

Magic number: 100

Voter turnout: 74.21 per cent

Main contenders: BJP, Congress, BSP, RLD

CM Probables: Vasundhara Raje (BJP), Sachin Pilot (Congress), Ashok Gehlot (Congress)

06:47am: Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje is hoping divine powers are on her side today. The BJP leader has left for the Tripura Sundari temple in Banswara.