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I am the only wizard in Rajasthan, says former chief minister Ashok Gehlot

New Delhi , News Nation Bureau | Updated : 10 December 2018, 02:04 PM
Rajasthan Elections: Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot to contest polls, deny rift (Photo: PTI)
Rajasthan Elections: Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot to contest polls, deny rift (Photo: PTI)

On the eve of the counting day to the most-anticipated election results before the 2019 General Elections, former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said that he is the real wizard in the state. In an exclusive interview to News Nation, Gehlot said that according to exit poll results, the Congress is a clear winner in the state and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s mojo is now over. He also said that according to the News Nation survey, he is for the chief minister’s chair but the final decision rests with the party high command.

He also said that he has always relentlessly worked for the people of the state and I am sure the people of Rajasthan have a special place for me in their hearts.

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It is pertinent to mention that both state Congress chief Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot have contested the Assembly elections this year and the former, too, seems to enjoy quite a popularity in the state. The suspense on the name of the Congress party’s chief ministerial face has deepened as both Gehlot and Pilot are claimants for the top job. The Rajasthan Congress is reportedly divided between two factions - loyalists of Gehlot and Pilot.

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According to the News Nation exit poll, Congress is likely to get a clear majority with 99-103 seats against the BJP’s 89-93. Vasundhara Raje-led BJP’s vote share is expected to be 39 per cent while the Congress, taking a giant leap forward, is predicted to win 44 per cent of the total vote share in the desert state. Since 193, Rajasthan has voted the incumbent out and the state is likely to repeat the same old story. Although the official results of the December 7 Rajasthan Assembly elections will be announced on December 11 by the Election Commission, News Nation Exit Poll has predicted the mood of the voters. Earlier in October, the News Nation opinion poll had given the Congress party 113 to 117 seats against the BJP’s 71 to 75 seats. Given that, the saffron party has narrowed down a big gap and brought the otherwise one-sided elections a little close. 

First Published: Monday, December 10, 2018 02:03 PM
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