Congress maintains lead in Rajasthan

DN Bureau

The opposition Congress has consolidated leads on 92 of the 199 Assembly seats in Rajasthan, trends of counting indicated.

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Jaipur: The opposition Congress has consolidated leads on 101 of the 199 Assembly seats in Rajasthan, trends of counting indicated.

The ruling BJP nominees were leading in 74 constituencies, BSP in four, CPM in 02 and while others were ahead 18 seats, official reports reaching here said.

Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was leading in her bastion in Jhalrapatan by over 9,000 votes, her predecessor and AICC General Secretary Ashok Gehlot was ahead of his rivals in Sardarpura-Jodhpur and Congress state chief Sachin Pilot was leading in Tonk.

Former Union Ministers CP Joshi(Nathdwara-Cong) and Dr Girija Vyas (Cong-Udaipur) were also maintaining their early leads.

However, leader of the Opposition in the state assembly Rameshwar Dudi (Nokha-Cong), Rajasthan Ministers Gulab Chand Kataria, Rajpal Singh Shekhawat, Arun Chaturvedi, Yunus Khan, former BJP state president Ashok Parnami(Adarsh Nagar-Jaipur) were trailing behind in their respective constituencies.

Assembly Deputy Speaker Rao Rajendra Singh (Shahpura-BJP) and newly-floated Bharat Vahini Party supremo Ghanshyam Tiwari(Sanganer) were also lagging behind on their seats. Former Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat's son-in-law Narpat Singh Rajvi(Vidhyadhar Nagar-BJP) and nephew Pratap Singh Khachariyawas (Civil Lines-Jsipur-Congress) were leading in their constituencies.

Rashtriya Loktantrik Party leader Hanuman Beniwal-(Khimsar) and Congress rebels Babu Lal Nagar (Dudu) and Sanyam Lodha(Sirohi) were also leading.

Meanwhile, former Chief Minister Mr Gehlot and Congress state president Mr Pilot have claimed that the grand old party was all set to stage a come back to power in the state with clear majority.

'The trends and reports gathered so far indicated that our party is going to form next government in the state with good numbers,' they asserted while talking to the media at different places in the capital.

Polling was held on December 7 on 199 Assembly seats and it was countermanded on Ramgarh seat in Alwar district following death of BSP nominee Laxman Singh Chaudhary.(UNI)

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