Early trends in Rajasthan brought good news for the Congress as they indicated that the party is heading for a majority in the state. Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot said on Tuesday that he was confident that his party would form the government in Rajasthan. The decision on the chief minister's post would be taken by Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party members of the legislative assembly (MLAs), Mr Gehlot added. He also credited Rahul Gandhi for the party's good performance in all the five states, including 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 and parties other than BJP to support us if they want," Mr Gehlot said while addressing the media.
Lashing out at BJP he said:
"BJP can't give any answers to issues. Now you will see that the situation is getting worse. RBI Governor had also resigned. Rahul Gandhi has raised the issues of farmers, unemployment, Rafale, Jai Shah. It is a sign of the coming Parliament election. Neither ache din had come nor black money. Modi ji should not be proud of his mandate, and he would not be if he would have good advisors not someone like Ajeet Dobhal."
Citing the trends, celebrations started outside the house of senior Congress leaders and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot.
The BJP is fighting to keep the state it wrested from the Congress five years ago. Most of the exit polls have predicted a clear win for the Congress. Rajasthan has 200 assembly seats, but voting was held in only 199 as polling was countermanded in one seat due to death of a BSP candidate
Earlier, Sachin Pilot also addressed the media and said,"Congress is inching towards a clear majority. This is a vote against BJP's policy, this is a clear majority. BJP needs to introspect after three losses on their governed states."
Meanwhile, as Congress is leaping way ahead of BJP in Rajasthan securing a majority, Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje have been avoiding reporters' questions.
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