The Modi led BJP is facing crucial test of popularity in key Western state of Rajasthan. The BJP is ruling this state since 2013. Vasundhara Raje, Rajasthan´s chief minister and a charismatic “Maharani” representing Modi´s BJP, swept to power in a landslide in 2013. But the voters who cast their votes on Friday are not very happy with her.
But her personal popularity has waned, with critics calling her autocratic and out of touch with the interests of ordinary people. Her government has also been criticised for her handling of caste protests and for failing to boost investment and create jobs.
The exit polls are showing that Congress is ahead of BJP. The Rajasthan has the history and tradition of not giving another term to the ruling party. The voters continue to rotate the parties and governments in state assembly elections.
Congress was in a position to win the elections comfortably with clear margin but internal struggles and differences affect the campaign of congress party.
The vote in the western state famous for its palaces, forts and deserts, home to 47 million people, is one of five state elections before Modi runs for a second term in national polls in 2019. Rajasthan will be a key battle ground state in the upcoming general elections in May 2019.
The politics in Rajasthan has been dominated by aristocrats and families of former princely state rulers. The royals are playing important role in the electoral politics of Rajasthan. The current chief minister Raje is the daughter of a former maharaja of Rajasthan.
Rajasthan is one of India´s few regions where local royal families going back centuries — and outlasting British rule – have successfully transitioned to democratic politics since India´s independence in 1947.
The results of five state assemblies’elections will be announced on December 11. The pools were held in five states, Madhya Pradesh, Talangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram on December 07. The most closely watched will be the central state of Madhya Pradesh, where 73 million people live, which polls suggest Modi´s BJP might suffer a bitter defeat after 15 years in power.
All eyes will be on Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan on December 11.
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17 November, 2019