Zee Media Bureau
Jaipur: The opposition Bharatiya Janata Party secured a landslide victory in Rajasthan on Sunday, with the ruling Congress party conceding defeat.
It is the victory of the People of Rajasthan. Their belief in Suraaj will soon turn the dream of a New and Developed Rajasthan into reality.
— Vasundhara Raje (@VasundharaBJP) December 8, 2013
Today, votes are being counted for 199 of out of the total 200 Assembly seats. Polling was postponed in Churu constituency to December 13 following the death of a Bahujan Samaj Party candidate.
The counting of votes today will decide the fate of 2,087 candidates whose future was sealed in EVMs on December 1.
It is expected that most results would be declared by late afternoon after counting of votes began at 8 am.
Apart from Raje, political fate of chief minister and Congress leader Ashok Gehlot, state Congress president Chandrabhan, Leader of Opposition Gulab Chand Kataria, Gujjar leader Prahlad Gunjal, who is fighting on a BJP ticket, and Meena leader Kirori Lal Meena of the National Peoples` Party hangs in the balance.
As per the Election Commission, over 75 percent of the 40 million voters cast their votes to elect a new government on December 1. In 2008, over 66.30 percent of the voters had exercised their franchise.
The Assembly Elections in five states that have been billed as the semi-finals before the national General Elections are seen as crucial for both the BJP and the Congress.